[SIGCIS-Members] Interlisp Restoration Project

STEPHEN KAISLER skaisler1 at comcast.net
Wed May 4 12:42:32 PDT 2022


A group of original developers of Interlisp and several other past and present users have worked diligently to transfer Interlisp to run on modern computing systems.

Please post this Announcement:

Interlisp Restoration Project

Interlisp was a software development environment developed at Xerox PARC in the 1970s and 1980s to support research in many areas including Artificial Intelligence, Graphical User Interfaces, and Computer Supported Collaborative Work using HyperText. The software has many versions as it evolved over 25 years.

The 1992 ACM Software System Award https://awards.acm.org/award_winners/masinter_3814811 was awarded to the Interlisp system for
“… pioneering work in programming environments that integrated 
* source-language debuggers,
* fully compatible integrated interpreter/compiler, 
* automatic change management,
* structure-based editing,
* logging facilities,
* interactive graphics, and
* analysis/profiling tools.”http://Interlisp.Org
is a project led by some of the original developers and users of the software, with help from Lisp and open source communities. This team is working to restore and adapt the Medley version of Interlisp to modern computing infrastructures. The project will allow others to experience this seminal IDE (Integrated Development Environment https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integrated_development_environment ) as well as a number of applications written in and for it.
Thehttp://Interlisp.Org team is interested in how to preserve an idea and an experience through reviving and adapting it for the next generation. Exposing newcomers to the Interlisp software and inspiring experiences with it are central to the team’s preservation practice. They believe that saving the source code alone isn’t enough to preserve the software, and are working to revive Interlisp and adapt it to be useful in the modern world.
The Interlisp .org team’s goals include:

* Support researchers studying the history of software development paradigms, graphical user interfaces, hypertext, AI and other software methods
* Build a case study for preservation of source code, algorithms, and software history
* Invite interested researchers and potential users to participate in the revival of Interlisp
For more information, pleae contact thehttp://Interlisp.org team at: Interlisp at googlegroups.com mailto:Interlisp at googlegroups.com or visit our website: http://interlisp.org/
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Steve Kaisler
Participant
Member SIGCIS
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