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An implementation of the Scheme programming language built to be used as an extension language. It's a library you can link into your programs. Your program has full access to the interpreter's data structure, so you can extend Guile with your own primitives, datatypes, and syntax, and tailor the language to your application. It also lets more people use your language, as they needn't learn the internals of your app. They just need to understand the language and the primitives you've provided, and they can trade and share ideas by passing around scripts without you. It has arrays, lists, modules, objects, first class functions, and garbage collection.


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LGPLv2.1orlaterKelly Hopkins13 July 2009

Leaders and contributors

Ludovic Courtès co-maintainer
Michael Livshin Contributor
Keisuke Nishida Contributor
Tom Tromey Contributor
Gary Houston Contributor
Stefan Jahn Contributor
Mark H. Weaver co-maintainer
Neil Jerram Contributor
Marc Feeley Contributor
Will Fitzgerald Contributor
Greg Badros Contributor
Thien-Thi Nguyen Contributor
Marius Vollmer Maintainer
Radey Shouman Contributor
Mark Galassi Contributor
Greg Harvey Contributor
Thomas Tanner Contributor
Anthony Green Contributor
Robert Merkel Contributor
Martin Grabmueller Contributor
Jim Blandy Contributor
Tim Pierce Contributor
Bill Schottstaedt Contributor
Roland Orre Contributor
Andy Wingo co-maintainer
Matthias Koeppe Contributor
Jost Boekemeier Contributor
Tom Lord Contributor
Dirk Herrmann Contributor
Russell McManus Contributor

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Developer E-mail
Support E-mail
Help E-mail
Support Newsgroup comp.lang.scheme
Help Newsgroup gnu.announce
Bug Tracking E-mail
Developer VCS Repository Webview

Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Weak prerequisite readline (for command line editing)

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 5 August 2016.


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