- Kent Pitman
Kent M. Pitman is the President of [http://www.hypermeta.com HyperMeta, Inc.] and has been involved for many years in the design, implementation and use of Lisp and Scheme systems. He is often better known by his initials KMP.
Kent Pitman is the author of the Common Lisp Condition System [ [http://www.cs.cmu.edu/Groups/AI/html/cltl/clm/node312.html Guy L. Steele Jr., "Common Lisp: the Language", 2nd ed., Chapter 29] ] as well as of numerous papers on Lisp programming and
computer programmingin general.
He was a technical contributor to
X3J13, the ANSI subcommittee that standardized Common Lispand contributed to the design of the programming language. He prepared the document that became ANSI Common Lisp, the [http://www.lisp.org/HyperSpec/FrontMatter/index.html Common Lisp HyperSpec] (a hypertext conversion of the standard), and the document that became ISO ISLISP. Kent champions a new paradigm for standards called [http://www.substandards.org Substandards] ; as a background task, he's working on a prototype, but because of his busy work schedule he has not yet deployed it.
Kent Pitman is also the author of " [http://www.anotherwayout.com Another Way Out] ", a
parodyof the CBSDaytime series " The Young and the Restless".
He can often be found on the
Usenet newsgroupcomp.lang.lisp, [ [http://groups.google.com/groups?q=author%3AKent+author%3APitman+group%3Acomp.lang.lisp&start=0&scoring=d Google Groups list of Kent Pitman's posts] ] where he contributes not only expertise in Lisp and computer programming,but also an authoritative perspective on Lisp's evolution and Common Lisp's standardization.In some posts there, he has expressed his opinion on open-source software,including open source implementations of Lisp and Scheme,as something that should be judged individually on its essential merits, rather thanautomatically considered good merely by the fact of being free or open.
* [http://www.nhplace.com/kent/index.html Personal website]
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