Elk Scheme - the Extension Language Kit
This page is about my work on the Elk Scheme interpreter and extension language. You can find more about Elk on its original homepage. The Elk author, Oliver Laumann, has stopped working on Elk years ago, and I have taken over the project, merging contributed patches and fixing known bugs.
What is Elk?
Elk is an implementation of the Scheme programming language. In contrast to existing, stand-alone Scheme systems Elk has been designed specifically as an embeddable, reusable extension language subsystem for applications written in C or C++. Elk is free software, and can be used, modified and distributed in almost any way. See the licence file for the exact conditions.
Developers using Elk can deliver applications with different components written in different languages, such as an efficient core written in C or C++ and an extensible user interface layer implemented in Scheme. To help building hybrid application architectures, Elk supports a tightly-knit interworking of the C/C++ parts of applications with Scheme code.
Elk is also useful as a stand-alone Scheme implementation, in particular as a platform for rapid prototyping of X11-based Scheme programs.
Changes from Elk 3.99.7 to Elk 3.99.8:
- Minor bugs were fixed.
Elk 3.99.8 is a pre-release of Elk 4.0. Please test extensively and report problems to firstname.lastname@example.org.
elk-3.99.8.tar.bz2(685 KiB) or
- Binaries: Elk is packaged in the Debian distribution.
You can also download the Windows version:
Elk’s development is managed using Subversion. The
svn://svn.zoy.org/elk/ repository can be browsed using the web interface, or directly
with the Subversion client. For instance, to retrieve the main trunk, use this
To retrieve a specific tag, e.g. 3.99.4, use this:
The mailing-list for Elk users and developers is email@example.com.
To subscribe, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
containing the words "
subscribe elk". To unsubscribe, just use
The mailing-list archives are also available online.
The documentation has not been updated yet. See the original webpage for the Elk 3.0 documentation.
Elk has a Freshmeat project entry, you can monitor it to check for new releases.