My brief foray into elisp

When using the source of the major mode I do most of my editing with, I started tweaking it. This resulted into the following, quite impressive list of additions to the wonderfull world of elisp.
  1. Netrexx mode (source)
  2. Beatnik mode (source)
I know, it's not much but it'll do for know.

If you want to know more about the one true editor, then please visit


Beatnik is a strange language. Its keywords are made up of normal words and the number of points they score in scrabble determines the keyword.

See also for more information.

A simple hello world program written in Beatnik can be found here.


NetRexx is a human-oriented programming language that makes it easy to write java programs, without the cumbersome and redundant language structure.
For example, in java one would write:

	Type type = new Type();
Whereas in NetRexx this is simply done like:
	tp = Type()

For more information and downloads, please visit A compiler server can be found at: An open source implementation of NetRexx is being created, for more information look at

If you're interested in the church of emacs, then please visit news://alt.religion.emacs. To give an impression of the topics, I'll cite a posting from a few years ago:

And TECO Emacs begat EINE, and EINE begat ZWEI, and ZWEI begat Zmacs. Thus was the ancestry of the Lisp Machine editor begun. And the bastard child of EINE was Hemlock, which did abide in the land of Spice Lisp, whose secrets were held by the Priests of the Carnegie Mellon. And Hemlock did prosper in the land of Spice Lisp, and did grow beyond the narrow borders of PERQ. For the land of Spice Lisp became bound by marriage to the Common Lisp, and Hemlock did forsake the language of MacLisp and its father EINE, and did sow new children upon the ground of the Common Lisp of the Priests of Carnegie Mellon, where its progeny would spread across Unix systems everywhere. But the Great Emacs of Saint IGNUcius would overtake the spread of Hemlock, for Saint IGNUcius spread a gospel far sweeter to the ears of the masses than that of the authors of the Common Lisp Standard. Yea, Hemlock, though it continue on even to this day amongst the worshippers of the Priests of Carnegie Mellon, Hemlock did become marginalized as it required a particular Common Lisp, whereas the Great Emacs of Saint IGNUcius did spread its gospel in the language of C, spoken by teeming masses of Unix hackers and other heathen. 'james
James A. Crippen