Kotlin & Android: A Brass Tacks Experiment, Part 1

“One topic that’s been gaining popularity over the past year in the world of Android development is the Kotlin® language for the JVM from JetBrains. JetBrains is the same crew who created IntelliJ Idea, which is the foundation for Android Studio. Kotlin takes aim at the age and perceived uncoolness of the Java® language with fresh and popular language features. I imagine that the crew at JetBrains imagines it could potentially become a replacement for Java® programming for all kinds of development on the JVM. Because it’s 100% inter-operable with the Java language, you can choose to use as much or as little Kotlin in your project as you like. And because it has a relatively small standard library, it’s suitable for development on mobile devices with limited resources…”


Roswell: a Lisp installer and launcher for major environment that just works

“Roswell started as a command line tool to install and manage Common Lisp implementations damn easily. It now has evolved into a fullstack environment for common lisp web development, testing, code sharing and app distribution which might push the CL community to a whole new level.

This software is still beta. Basic interfaces are fixed, we believe it works well on Unix-like platforms like Linux, Mac OS X and FreeBSD, but some parts are not implemented, not stable on other OSes yet.

Checkout issues list if you have interest in what’s lacking…”