guile-1.5.6: description + notes

GUILE, GNU's Ubiquitous Intelligent Language for Extension, is a library that implements the Scheme language plus various convenient facilities. It's designed so that you can link it into an application or utility to make it extensible.

Libraries that provide an interpreter for extensibility are not new. But most of them implement ``scripting languages'' that were not designed to be as powerful as a real programming language. GUILE uses Scheme, a powerful yet simple dialect of Lisp. One advantage of GUILE over TCL is that Scheme is a more powerful language. Scheme was designed as a ``programming language'', not as a ``scripting language''. Scheme is also simpler and cleaner than other extension languages such as Perl and Python.

The default subsys are built with dynamic linking enabled and QuickThreads disabled. There are non-default subsys built with QuickThreads enabled. Documentation for guile is still under development, but the Guile Documents page and FAQ are good places to start.

Developers intending to use this distribution for application development should be sure to read the information in FAQ 3.8.

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