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15<div style="text-align: center">
16  <h1>Armed Bear</h1>
17  <i>The right of the people to keep and arm bears shall not be infringed!</i>
18</div>
19
20<hr style="height: 2px;"/>
21<p>
22  <b style="font-family: sans-serif; font-size: large;">About ABCL</b>
23</p>
24<dl>
25  <dd>
26      Armed Bear Common Lisp (ABCL) is an implementation of ANSI Common Lisp
27      that runs in a Java virtual machine. It provides a runtime system, a
28      compiler that compiles Lisp source to JVM bytecode, and an interactive
29      REPL for program development.
30      <br /><br />
31      ABCL is distributed under the terms of the <a href="http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html">GNU General Public
32      License</a>, with a special linking exception. If you link ABCL with your
33      own program, then you do not need to release the source code for that
34      program. However, any changes that you make to ABCL itself must be
35      released in accordance with the terms of the GPL.  The license is the
36      same as used by GNU Classpath and J2SE (Java).
37      <br /><br />
38      ABCL runs on platforms that support Java 1.5 (or later), including Linux,
39      Windows, and Mac OS X.
40      <br /><br />
41      ABCL is free software and comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY.
42      <br /><br />
43      The latest version is 0.12.0, released December 14, 2008.
44  </dd>
45</dl>
46<p>
47  <b style="font-family: sans-serif; font-size: large;">Download</b>
48</p>
49<dl>
50  <dd>
51
52      <a href="http://downloads.sourceforge.net/armedbear-j/abcl-src-0.12.0.tar.gz?use_mirror=">abcl-0.12.0.tar.gz</a>
53      (source, 656652 bytes)
54      <br /><br />
55      <a href="http://downloads.sourceforge.net/armedbear-j/abcl-src-0.12.0.zip?use_mirror=">abcl-0.12.0.zip</a>
56      (source, 1130754 bytes)
57  </dd>
58</dl>
59<p>
60  <b style="font-family: sans-serif; font-size: large;">Repository</b>
61</p>
62<dl>
63  <dd>
64      The project's Common-Lisp.net Subversion repository can be checked
65      out through anonymous access with the following command:
66      <pre style="background-color:#99d">
67
68      <b>$ svn co svn://common-lisp.net/project/armedbear/svn/trunk/j j</b>
69      </pre>
70  </dd>
71
72</dl>
73<p>
74  <b style="font-family: sans-serif; font-size: large;">Bugs</b>
75</p>
76<dl>
77    <dd>
78        ABCL is a young implementation (particularly by Lisp standards).
79        Even though a lot of energy is spent resolving issues, you may
80        well encounter bugs. A number of people have testified to the
81        quality of ABCL being good enough for their needs though. See
82        the testimonials page.
83        <br /><br />
84        ABCL 0.12.0 fails 44 out of 21702 tests in the GCL ANSI test suite
85        in interpreted mode. In compiled mode ABCL 0.12.0 fails 48 tests,
86        coming from ca 65 in the last release.
87        Most notable recent fixes relate to special variables handling
88        and making sure the compiler uses the correct environments with, e.g.,
89        LET/LET* and FLET/LABELS.
90        <br /><br />
91        ABCL's CLOS is intolerably slow and does not handle on-the-fly
92        redefinition of classes correctly. There is no support for the long
93        form of DEFINE-METHOD-COMBINATION, and certain other required CLOS
94        features are also missing. Enough CLOS is there to run ASDF and
95        CL-PPCRE, if you're in no hurry. There's no MOP worth mentioning.
96        <br /><br />
97        Since this is an early public release, there might be build problems as
98        well as runtime bugs.
99        <br /><br />
100        Please report problems to the <a href="https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/armedbear-j-devel">j development mailing list</a>
101        (you must be subscribed to post).<br /><br />
102    </dd>
103    <dd>The project is using several ways to test standards compliance as well
104        as practical applicability of ABCL by using these projects' test suites
105        as 'compliance' indicators:
106        <ul>
107          <li>ANSI Common Lisp compliance tests</li>
108          <li>Maxima - Computer algebra system</li>
109        </ul>
110    </dd>
111</dl>
112
113<p>
114  <b style="font-family: sans-serif; font-size: large;">Installation</b>
115</p>
116<dl>
117  <dd>
118    The README file in the root directory of the source distribution contains
119    instructions for building ABCL.
120    <br /><br />
121    Java 1.5 or higher is required;
122    <a href="http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/index_jdk5.jsp">Java 1.5</a>
123    is recommended. There are
124    <a href="http://sourceforge.net/mailarchive/message.php?msg_name=20070218045318.5111%40stephen">
125
126    performance issues</a> with early versions of Java 1.6. To build ABCL, you'll need
127    the full JDK; the JRE is not enough. <br />
128    <em>Recent performance tests have shown Java 1.6 Update 10 - a Release
129    Candidate as of this writing - to be as fast as Java 1.5.</em> </dd>
130</dl>
131
132 <hr />
133 <p>Back to <a href="http://common-lisp.net/">Common-lisp.net</a>.</p>
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