blog  Opening a Finder's window from Impromptu (alas how to use the applescript bridge..).

Jan 2011

Imagine you've got a bunch of audio samples you want to load up while livecoding with Impromptu but you can't remember exactly their names - it'd be handy to be able to open up the corresponding Finder window directly from scheme, without too much clicking around. Do-able or not?


blog  Scheme and Lisp.

Nov 2010

If you're coming from Lisp, and then start using Scheme (or the other way around) there are a few small differences between the two languages that it's useful to always keep in mind. I tried to switch languages a number of times, but inevitably I found myself once again wondering: how do you say progn in Scheme?

blog  A video that may convince you that LISPers are a bit crazy.

Oct 2010

LISPers are a definitely a rather eccentric developers' community.

blog  Impromptu: access the Wiki docs from the editor.

Feb 2010

When you're Impromptu-ing but don't know the meaning or syntax of a function, the usual thing to do is calling (help function-name) to get some help about that function, or (help function-name #t) if you want to see also the examples associated with it. The help text gets displayed in the log view, so that you can then copy/paste what you need from there. Quite useful, but nonetheless I always find myself fighting with the log window: too small, hidden away by other canvases, or not readable anymore cause after calling the help function I've evaluated other stuff that has moved up the much needed help-text.


blog  Impromptu: If-mod macro.

Oct 2009

Hey there - this morning I checked out a nice screencast by Ben Swift and was struck by the if-mod construct he's using. It's a really useful shortcut that saves you from writing a few (possibly distracting) parenthesis, so I tried to recreate it myself.