This is a simple-minded (and slightly weird) Lisp interpreter for Squeak Smalltalk. It doesn’t have a REPL under Morphic, but I’ve hacked on it to provide a minimal Morphic UI.
It got me thinking about Lisp Machines again. What if the existing Squeak infrastructure could be exploited to build a Scheme Machine? The minimal addition required to the Squeak VM would be a tail-call opcode. Once tail calls are possible, a compiler could be written to take Scheme code to Squeak bytecode. A full module system could be implemented fairly easily, thanks to Smalltalk’s non-separation of compile-time and runtime. The mapping between Smalltalk constructs and Scheme Machine constructs might be:
|Global variables||Probably wouldn’t be implemented — you’d use module-local variables instead, just like MzScheme’s module system|
|Module-local functions||Instance methods|
|Module-local variables||Instance variables|
Integration with the debugger might be tricky. Many system utilities expect to be able to decompile bytecode into Smalltalk; a major refactoring might be needed for multi-language integration within Squeak. One would have to tag each method with the decompiler to use, update each UI widget to display these annotations etc.