Scheme is a dialect of Lisp stressing conceptual elegance and simplicity. It returns to the mathematical foundation of lambda calculus from which Lisp originated. Scheme is specified in the Revised^5 Report on Scheme (R5RS) and IEEE standard P1178. Scheme is far smaller than Common Lisp; the specification is about 50 pages, compared to Common Lisp's 1300 page draft standard. Scheme advocates often find it amusing that the entire Scheme standard is shorter than the index to Guy Steele's "Common Lisp: the Language, 2nd Edition". Scheme is often used in computer science curricula and programming language research due to its ability to represent many programming abstractions with its simple primitives. Common Lisp is often used for real world programming due to its large library of utility functions, a standard object-oriented programming facility (CLOS), and a sophisticated condition handling system. However, certain die-hard Scheme programmers (or "Schemers") have developed large Scheme systems including libraries which provide much if not all of the functionality of Common Lisp, including CLOS. Development and discussion are ongoing to develop a recommended library (or libraries) of extensions to the Scheme language to bring such efforts closer in line with each other and to have semi-standardized behavior.
Note that the Computers: Programming: Languages: Scheme category was recently moved below Computers: Programming: Languages: Lisp. Please make sure that any link submissions do not belong in the more general Lisp category; that they are Scheme-specific.
This category holds links for books, paper or online, on the Scheme programming language, and very closely related issues.
This category holds links for books, paper or online, on the Scheme programming language, and very closely related issues.
Projects advocating the use of the Scheme language in education, online Scheme tutorials, and introductory papers on Scheme.
This category attempts to be a comprehensive listing of Scheme implementations and compilers available. This includes both commercial efforts, free software, and archaic implementations which are of historical interest.
Research projects and papers on Scheme and Scheme-related topics including Scheme implementation, compilation, syntax, semantics, and derived dialects.