It's been so quiet lately; I had forgotten this list existed to some extent.
Anyway, there are some updates on the Slate project that I thought worth sharing. The VM-and-image standalone setup are nearing completion; Slate currently has been running inside of a Lisp image. We've worked out many new interesting libraries and designs, particularly for the collections, streams, external i/o, and graphics. We also still have our optimizing to-native compiler being worked on as time allows, with many interesting techniques.
The language has incorporated two major experimental updates: first, subjective programming is now supported by an extension to the method dispatch system. This is detailed in the manual:
although there are implications which are not entirely obvious from that. We have that as well as optional keyword argument-passing implemented, but not incorporated extensively, as we've been letting the design influence our thinking as we work on everything else, trying to find the best way to apply these mechanisms, or find out what problems may exist with the idea as implemented.
I just released 0.2.1, which still requires Common Lisp to run, but also includes quite a bit of the basis of the new implementation. A separate standalone release should be just a month or two away.