19.5 Programming with Lisp
The Calculator can be programmed quite extensively in Lisp. All you do
is write a normal Lisp function definition, but with `defmath' in place
of `defun'. This has the same form as `defun', but it automagically
replaces calls to standard Lisp functions like `+' and `zerop' with
calls to the corresponding functions in Calc's own library. Thus you
can write natural-looking Lisp code which operates on all of the
standard Calculator data types. You can then use `Z D' if you wish to
bind your new command to a `z'-prefix key sequence. The `Z E' command
will not edit a Lisp-based definition.
Emacs Lisp is described in the GNU Emacs Lisp Reference Manual.
This section assumes a familiarity with Lisp programming concepts; if
you do not know Lisp, you may find keyboard macros or rewrite rules to
be an easier way to program the Calculator.
This section first discusses ways to write commands, functions, or
small programs to be executed inside of Calc. Then it discusses how
your own separate programs are able to call Calc from the outside.
Finally, there is a list of internal Calc functions and data structures
for the true Lisp enthusiast.
- Defining Functions
- Defining Simple Commands
- Defining Stack Commands
- Argument Qualifiers
- Example Definitions
- Calling Calc from Your Programs
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