This site is devoted to the needs of the existing and potential Lisp
The emphasis of this site is on real-world, industrial applications,
and so most of the site refers to Common Lisp, though references are
also made to other languages. In particular, in the interest of
clarity, much relevent work in Scheme
has been deliberately omitted. The "Related
Languages" page gives starting points for information about
Scheme and ISLisp.
- Lisp users can use this site as a starting point to locate:
- Information about Lisp.
- Applications and code that uses Lisp, or is in support of Lisp.
- Contacts with other members of the Lisp community.
- Programmers, other computer professionals, and their managers can
use this site to help them determine whether Lisp is appropriate for them.
- Vendors, educators and others can use this site to publicize
The Association of Lisp Users (ALU) is a user group which aims to
promote Lisp, help inform and educate Lisp users in general, and help
represent Lisp users as a group to the vendors. The ALU holds an
annual conference and supports the formation of
inter-vendor standards. ALU has international
membership and is incorporated in the US.
Click here for the By-Laws and
Articles of Incorporation.
To reach the governing board of the ALU, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have general questions about Lisp, please see the newsgroups and mailing
list pages of this site.
For comments about this web site, see below.
This entire site is new. It's development began in the summer of
1996. Small changes are logged.
In July, 1998, a page on "Computational Resources and
Efficiency in Lisp" was added to the What is Lisp? area.
The previous home page of the ALU was
The hierarchy is divided into nine groups:
Each of these groups is listed on the contents
page, and navigation bar displayed at the
side or top of each page. In color-capable browsers, each group has its own
color. The other pages available within a group are listed at the
bottom of the navigation bar.
The navigation bar also has the ALU logo, . Clicking on this logo brings you back to the
The Site Map lists each file
that is maintained as part of this website. The files are listed by group.
Repeatedly clicking on
will take you on a "guided tour" moving through
each page in the site.
goes back to the previous page or grouping, while moves up within a grouping back
towards the contents page.
This site is copyright 1997 by the Association of Lisp Users.
Trademarks are the property of their owners. Don't use the
information on this site to trash Lisp or Lispers (including vendors,
The official home of the Association of Lisp Users is http:/www.lisp.org, which may or may
not be installed yet. If you are examining this material from a
different host, than you are looking at a mirror (i.e. a copy of the
material). Any appearance within a different host hierarchy does not
imply any connection with, or endorsement by, the Association of Lisp
A gnu compressed tar file containing a snapshot of the current
contents of the entire site is available for download from the file ../admin/alu.tgz. There is a log of changes for different versions
of the .tgz file. If you make a mirror of this site (perhaps in a
language other than English,) please let us know so that we can put a
pointer to it on the initial welcome page.
Also, any publicly available or commerically used mirrors should be
complete and unedited copies, except that faithful translations to
languages other than English are acceptable and encouraged.
We are interested in your comments about this site. Contact us at:
We are particularly interested in volunteers to help with our long
list of planned improvements.
This site was constructed from information in a variety of other
sites, including those by Brad Miller, Rainer Joswig, John Mallery,
Mark Kantrowitz and Carnegie-Mellon
Unversity, Franz, Inc., Harlequin, Inc., and Digitool, Inc..
We are grateful to:
- John Mallery and the the MIT AI Laboratory for creating CL-HTTP
and making it publicly available, and for providing space, electrical
power, and an internet connection for our server.
- Franz, Inc., for making Allegro Common Lisp available on Linux,
and for reserving and donating the www.alu.org and www.lisp.org domain
- Linus Torvalds and his colleagues, and The Free Software
Foundation for making Linux available.
- Mabry Tyson and SRI, Inc., for providing and maintaing the alu
This particular site was compiled by Howard R. Stearns. Other
current editors are listed above.