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Picolisp

Picolisp

Picolisp is popular programming language and a dialect of Lisp, one of the oldest computer languages in use today. More than anything else, what sets Picolisp apart from other programming languages is the equivalence of data and code and the fact that database functionality is constructed into the building blocks of the language.

Picolisp is also deliberately simple—it is built on the data cell, and supports numbers, symbols and lists only— without sacrificing too much expressiveness. Because of all of this, Picolisp is very efficient for a Lisp dialect; it uses little memory and is markedly incisive. Picolisp is open source and free.

Background
Designer: Alexander Burger
Timeline:
1980-1990: Picolisp is developed on the Apple Macintosh; Picolisp is used on SCO Unix and MS-DOS
1991-2000: Picolisp begins use predominantly on Linux; database features are built into programming language; Picolisp undergoes a total rewrite in C language
2001-2010: GNU GPL license released; 64-bit license released; Java version released; MIT/X11 license released