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10 Top Free and Open Source Lisp Web Frameworks

One of the types of software that’s important for a web developer is the web framework. A framework “is a code library that makes a developer’s life easier when building reliable, scalable, and maintainable web applications” by providing reusable code or extensions for common operations. By saving development time, developers can concentrate on application logic rather than mundane elements.

A web framework offers the developer a choice about how to solve a specific problem. By using a framework, a developer lets the framework control portions of their application. While it’s perfectly possible to code a web application without using a framework, it’s more practical to use one.

Lisp (derives from “LISt Processing”) is one of the oldest programming languages. It was invented in 1958, with the language being conceived by John McCarthy and is based on his paper “Recursive Functions of Symbolic Expressions and Their Computation by Machine”. Over the years, Lisp has evolved into a family of programming languages. The most commonly used general-purpose dialects are Common Lisp and Scheme. Other dialects include Franz Lisp, Interlisp, Portable Standard Lisp, XLISP and Zetalisp.

Here’s our recommended web frameworks for Lisp captured in a legendary Linuxlinks chart. We only feature free and open source software.

Lisp Web Frameworks

Let’s explore the 10 Lisp web frameworks. For each program we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, together with links to relevant resources.

Lisp Web Frameworks
HunchentootWeb server and a toolkit for building dynamic websites
Caveman2Lightweight web application framework
ClackWeb application environment inspired by Python's WSGI and Ruby's Rack
CLOGCommon Lisp Omnificent GUI
LucerneWeb application framework built on Clack
RadianceWeb application environment, similar to a web framework but more general
SnoozeURL router for Common Lisp designed around REST web services
ReblocksFork of Weblocks web framework
NinglexReady-to-go micro web framework based on ningle
ningleLightweight web application framework that was forked from Caveman

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