Setup your Common Lisp environment
You can skip this section if you already have a comfortable Common Lisp environment.
Common Lisp implementation
First you must choose a Common Lisp implementation.
Reblocks is designed and implemented to be portable and should run on the most popular
Common Lisp implementations. It is currently tested best on
SBCL and Clozure
Development environment setup
There are at least two fundamentally different development approaches for using Common Lisp:
Editor-centric development: you access all Lisp functions from within your editor.
Example: Emacs/Slime, Vim/Slimv, Lispworks
Incremental development happens mainly on the
S-Expression level. This means that you
SEXP and send it with the help of editor directly to your Lisp image, which
evaluates it, thus affecting the current Lisp environment.
UNIX-style development: one tool for each job. The editor is not all that important here (as long as you're comfortable with it and it supports at least a basic level of paren highlighting.
Example: Vim and your favorite terminal emulator. You start Vim in one window and
your Lisp in another. Interaction happens by reloading your applications
and simple copy/paste of snippets.
We will try to be largely agnostic of the development approach in this manual which actually
means that we tend towards the second approach: Lisp calls are referred to by what you'd
type in your
REPL, not by Emacs shortcut as it is often the case.
For a basic comfortable
SBCL setup, see :ref:
Basic SBCL setup.
The official Quicklisp distribution contains an old Weblocks version.
This documentation is about newer Reblocks fork. It is only available on the Ultralisp.org for a while.
The easiest way to install Reblocks and additional libraries is to use
https://ultralisp.org distribution. It is Quicklisp compatible. To
install Reblocks from Ultralisp, do eval these commands in your
CL-USER> (ql-dist:install-dist "http://dist.ultralisp.org/" :prompt nil) CL-USER> (ql:quickload :reblocks)
If you are using Qlot to pin versions, you can add such lines into your
dist ultralisp http://dist.ultralisp.org/ ql :all :latest ultralisp :all :latest
qlot update after these changes, and new Reblocks will be
available to install.