For a few months now, I’ve been working on something I call Sheeple. What is Sheeple? From the
Sheeple is a Dynamic, CLOS-like, Delegative Prototype-based Object-Oriented Programming
Framework (or “POOP Framework”) that strives to optimize application flexibility, minimize cost
while increasing value, maximize programmer resources, and empower application implementers to
better assist them in leveraging modern paradigms in order to proactively achieve next-generation
synergy in tomorrow’s web 3.0 world. It is implemented in (mostly) ANSI Common Lisp. Sheeple is
fully buzzword compliant.
Now that doesn’t really say much of anything, but it’s
amusing, specially since some actual (professional!) projects actually describe things in such a
What does it actually do, though?
Well, Sheeple is a library for Common Lisp that implements a Prototype-based object-oriented language very similar to Common Lisp’s standard CLOS. It does things like multiple dispatch, multiple inheritance and such.
Even though there are various languages to choose from, there are still few languages that provide what I would consider full facilities. Cecil seems to be one of those ‘full’ languages, but I really ended up disliking its approach — it was too complicated, and there were too many obvious minefields. Sheeple is an attempt at providing the kind of massive framework CLOS provides for class-based OO, but with prototypes, while remaining easy-to-use, straightforward, and most importantly, convenient. Whether it’s successful at this right now (it’s still in development after all), and whether it will ever be is a different question. ;)