Overview

Wisp: Whitespace to Lisp
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    define : hello                    (define (hello)
      display "Hello World"     ⇒        (display "Hello World"))

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    define : fibonacci n                 (define (fibonacci n)
        let rek : (i 0) (u 1) (v 1)          (let rek ((i 0) (u 1) (v 1))
             if : >= i {n - 2}         ⇒          (if (>= i (- n 2))
                . v                                    v
                rek {i + 1} v {u + v}                 (rek (+ i 1) v (+ u v)))))


Wisp turns indentation based syntax into Lisp. The conversion is homoiconic[^h], generic[^g], and backwards-compatible[^b]. It is inspired by [project readable][], but tries to keep itself simple (and stupid: just add parens for indentation). More information is available on the [wisp-website][], and code in the [wisp-repository][].

For a short presentation, see [Why Wisp?](why-wisp.html)

Note that this is full-fledged scheme, with all its capabilities like hygienic macros (programmable syntax!) and full tail recursion.

[wisp-website]: http://draketo.de/light/english/wisp-lisp-indentation-preprocessor "wisp: Whitespace to Lisp: An indentation to parentheses preprocessor to get more readable Lisp"
[wisp-repository]: http://draketo.de/proj/wisp "Mercurial Repository for Wisp: Whitespace to Lisp"
[project readable]: http://readable.sourceforge.net/ "Readable Lisp S-expressions Project"

Requirements
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* [Python 3.x][] to bootstrap wisp
* [GNU Guile 2.x][] for running it

[Python 3.x]: http://python.org "Python Programming Language"
[GNU Guile 2.x]: http://gnu.org/s/guile "GNU Guile: The official extension language for the GNU operating system."

Usage
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* Get wisp: `hg clone http://draketo.de/proj/wisp`
* Bootstrap: `cd wisp && autoreconf -i && ./configure && make`
* Preprocess files: `guile ./wisp.scm infile.wisp > outfile.scm`
* Wisp at the REPL: `guile -L . --language=wisp # run this in the wisp-folder`

Wisp and curly infix (SRFI-105)
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Wisp treats braces "{}" the same as parentheses "()" and square brackets "[]", so you can use it with curly infix ([SRFI-105](http://srfi.schemers.org/srfi-105/srfi-105.html)) to get more customary math expressions. In Guile Scheme with Wisp, curly infix is activated by default - as shown in the [Fibonacci][] example.

If you want to use a curly-infix expression starting a line, you have to prefix it with a dot:

    . {1 + 1}
    ; = 2

[Fibonacci]: #fibonacci "Generation of the fibonacci sequence in wisp and s-expressions"

Notes
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Standardization: A [SRFI](srfi.html)[^srfi][^ess] is in the works.

[^srfi]: SRFI is the abbreviation of Scheme Request for Implementation. It is the official schemisch way of suggesting new features. SRFIs are maintained at [srfi.schemers.org/](http://srfi.schemers.org/).

[^ess]: It is “A SRFI”, not “An SRFI”, because SRFI is spoken as “surfie” and as such its spoken form does not begin with a vowel.

Copyright: 2013--2014 Arne Babenhauserheide

License: GPLv3 or later

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[^h]: Wisp is homoiconic because everything you write gets turned into lisp which is homoiconic.

[^g]: Wisp is generic, because it works for any language which uses brackets to start a function call - which is true for most lisps. You simply get rid of the speerwall of parentheses without losing their power.

[^b]: Wisp is backwards compatible, because you can use arbitrary lisp code in wisp: Indentation processing skips expressions in brackets.