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posted by janrinok on Friday March 01, @12:32AM   Printer-friendly
from the Browser-freedom dept.

There's a new browser in town: Nyxt. It is free software. It is intended to be modified by the user, perhaps even rewritten. From

Built-in programmability.

Use the built-in REPL to program Nyxt. Run short scripts, and try out new workflows. Everything in Nyxt is fully extensible and modifiable.

It is written in Common Lisp.

Is this the browser we programmers have been waiting for? The one we can modify to our wildest dreams?

[Ed's comment: The linked source is obviously intended to show a potential user how it will work, and in this role it does a reasonable job. But there is not a great deal to explain why they think it is a game changer, or why it will appeal to many users. If it is necessary to use Lisp to extend the browser then perhaps it will not have the impact that they seem to believe it will have. But what do you think? Will it gain a foothold, or simply fade away to be forgotten except perhaps for a few enthusiasts?]

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  • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Monday March 04, @06:37PM

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Monday March 04, @06:37PM (#1347314) Journal

    emacs was built from bear traps.

    It was so difficult I could not bare it.

    But then Macintosh Common Lisp (oh, about 1990 ish) had a GUI editor called FRED. (Fred Resembles Emacs Deliberately) Every key binding was programmable, of course in CL. But since it was a GUI, you could move the window around, pick File-->Save, and close it.

    Ooops, but I forgot to evaluate it first, so now I have to re-open that file . . .

    With modern TVs you don't have to worry about braking the yolk on the back of the picture tube.
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