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Featureful scheme implementation

Kawa is both a full-featured Scheme implementation, and a compiler toolkit for implementing other programming languages. It currently compiles the Scheme functional language to Java bytecodes. Included in Kawa is qexo, a partial implementation of XQuery in Java.


Online documentation available at

The (quite incomplete) Kawa tutorial can be useful to get stated.

Heckert gnu.small.png This is a GNU package:kawa


Download version 2.1 (stable)
released on 26 October 2015

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LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPL with exceptionAndrew Engelbrecht24 August 2012
BRL has no restrictions on copying unless changes are made, in which case it is under the GPL. The BRL feature isn't enabled by default.
X11Andrew Engelbrecht24 August 2012
not for the JEmacs and BRL features
GPLv2orlaterAndrew Engelbrecht24 August 2012
JEmacs (optional feature)

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Per Bothner Author

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This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 23 February 2016.


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