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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 https://gnu.org/software/kawa/Reference-Documentation.html

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

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Download version 2.1 (stable)
released on 26 October 2015

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LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
License:GPLv2orlaterAndrew Engelbrecht24 August 2012
JEmacs (optional feature)
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

Leaders and contributors

Per Bothner Author

Resources and communication

AudienceResource typeURI
DeveloperVCS Repository Webviewhttp://sourceware.org/viewvc/kawa/
Bug reportsBug Trackinghttps://savannah.gnu.org/bugs/?group=kawa
Users, DevelopersMailing Listhttp://sourceware.org/ml/kawa/

Software prerequisites

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


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