[I used to point directly to someone else's EuLisp page, but it moved, and I had trouble getting a new URL that worked. Eventually, I found one, but by then this page already existed.]

The language

EuLisp is a programming language in the Lisp family. It is similar in scope to Common Lisp but is organized differently and has (we would argue) a cleaner design. EuLisp can be characterized as follows:


The EuLisp definition is available in several forms from the University of Bath ftp server [README].


The object system

The Eulisp Object System (TELOS) is the part of Eulisp that explicitly supports object-oriented programming. The Greek word "telos" has a number of meanings and appears in English chiefly in the words "teleology" and "teleological". "TELOS" should also remind you of "CLOS": the Common Lisp Object System; and there are indeed some similarities, as well as differences.

The working-group

EuLisp was designed by a group of European industrial and academic Lisp users and implementors. Though this was, in a sense, "design by committee", the committee was fairly small and well aware of the dangers involved. You'll have to judge for yourself, of course, but we would claim that EuLisp has a reasonably clean and well-integrated design, with little that is the result of political compromise.

Some people who have been members of the Eulisp group, at one time or another, have Web pages that I know about. Here they are, in alphabetical order:

Jeff Dalton