PyGuile – Part 3 – Non-goals

Every project, including software development projects, needs an identity. It needs a definition of its boundaries. It has to be clear about what is inside it and what is outside of it.

Without such a definition, the project would try to be too many things for many people, and as a result, its products would not be really useful for anyone.

A project’s identity makes it easier and faster to make design and trade-off decisions.

Given the above trite introduction, and given that there is a list of goals for the PyGuile project, a list of non-goals is needed as well and here it is.

  1. Theoretical academic purity – attempt to convert every data type from Guile to Python and vice versa, and to support the whole range of values assumed by each data type.
  2. Ability to mix code snippets from both Scheme and Python in the same source code file.
  3. Invocation of machine language libraries (static or DLLs) – for this purpose, there are already existing tools (SWIG and PerlXS).
  4. Framework for making it easy to add support for interoperation with yet another scripting language.

There are also some goals, which are low priority and I do not plan to shed tears if they prove to be impossible to achieve without significant effort:

  1. Thread-safety
  2. Tail recursion support

Author: Omer Zak

I am deaf since birth. I played with big computers which eat punched cards and spew out printouts since age 12. Ever since they became available, I work and play with desktop size computers which eat keyboard keypresses and spew out display pixels. Among other things, I developed software which helped the deaf in Israel use the telephone network, by means of home computers equipped with modems. Several years later, I developed Hebrew localizations for some cellular phones, which helped the deaf in Israel utilize the cellular phone networks. I am interested in entrepreneurship, Science Fiction and making the world more accessible to people with disabilities.

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