What is Kernel?

Kernel is a Scheme-like programming language by John N. Shutt in which all objects are first-class.

What is klisp?

klisp is an implementation of the Kernel Programming Language


            ($define! $and?
                ($vau x e
                    ($cond ((null? x)         #t)
                        ((null? (cdr x))   (eval (car x) e))
                        ((eval (car x) e)  (apply (wrap $and?) (cdr x) e))
                        (#t                #f))))

This is not the classical Hello World example, here we are defining the and operator. Try that in your programming language 😉

Get Started

hg clone https://bitbucket.org/AndresNavarro/klisp 
cd klisp/src
make posix

klisp 0.3  Copyright (C) 2011-2012 Andres Navarro, Oto Havle
klisp> (+ 41 1)

Read the Documentation

klisp documentation is available in html format here: klisp documentation.

Read the Code

klisp source code is available under the MIT License. You can get it through bitbucket here: klisp Mercurial repository.


Participate in the klisp discussion group: klisp Google Group.


Create issues on the issue tracker, send patches, help documenting or spreading the word!


Our posts

Effective Strategies for Debugging in Klisp

Debugging is the systematic process punctuated by investigating, identifying, and solving issues or ‘bugs’ that exist within a program. Debugging in klis is an indispensable stage of development. The programmer needs to ensure that they meticulously sift through the code, isolate issues, determine their root causes, and then rectify them. Much of the debugging capabilities […]

Klisp Documentation and Community Resources

Specifics of a certain programming language primarily entail a thorough review of its official documentation. Klisp’s documentation serves as a salient guide, irrespective of a programmer’s experience level. It gives an extensive look into Klisp, shedding light on every detail of the language. One notable feature is its layout, as it is meticulously structured to […]

Understanding Klisp Garbage Collection

Garbage collection is the process of automatically managing memory and reclaiming occupied space by unreachable objects, ensuring optimal system performance. In Klisp, memory management is crucial due to its low-level nature. Traditional memory management in languages like C can be error-prone, leading to memory leaks and segmentation faults. Klisp employs a sophisticated garbage collection mechanism […]

Concurrency and Parallelism in KLisp

Understanding Concurrency and Parallelism Before we dive into KLisp’s approach, let’s clarify what concurrency and parallelism mean. Concurrency is the concept of executing multiple tasks seemingly simultaneously, allowing for efficient multitasking. Parallelism, on the other hand, is the actual simultaneous execution of multiple tasks, often on multiple processors or cores. Concurrency in KLisp Concurrency is […]

KLisp and Functional Programming

What is Functional Programming? When it comes to programming languages that embrace functional programming, KLisp stands out as a versatile and powerful choice. In functional programming languages like KLisp, functions are treated as first-class citizens. This means that functions can be assigned to variables, passed as arguments to other functions, and returned from functions. This […]

Developing Advanced Algorithms with Klisp

Klisp, a derivative of Lisp programming language, is renowned for being the favored tool to implement artificial intelligence. Beyond its applications, Klisp is notably acknowledged for its capability to facilitate the construction of advanced algorithms. The power and importance of advanced algorithms in programming cannot be overstated; they form the crux of efficient problem-solving strategies […]

Understanding Klisp Errors

Grasping the nature of Klisp errors serves as a fundamental step towards being adept in the Klisp language. A Klisp error is an issue that arises when a line or multiple lines of Klisp code violate the syntax rules that the language strictly adheres to. Syntax is a crucial component of any programming language; it […]

Configuration Management with Klisp

A significant shift in managing configurations is becoming prevalent across numerous DevOps technologies, including Kubernetes, a well-regarded open-source platform for container orchestration. Kubernetes is celebrated for its capability to automate various aspects of application deployment, lending to its reputation for scalability and robust stability. One of its standout features is its resilience during network failures, […]

Klisp Operators

Entering modern technological advancement, automation stands at the forefront given its strong influence on performance and efficiency. Particularly in the Kubernetes environment, managing and automating processes in a resource-efficient fashion is highly valued. This is where Klisp operators come into play, bringing with them a revolutionary method of handling custom resources within Kubernetes. They operate […]

Exploring Klisp in Web Development

Developers are constantly seeking innovative solutions to enhance their workflow and create more efficient, robust web applications. One such technology that has been making waves in the developer community is Klisp. Klisp, a fusion of ‘K’ from Kotlin and ‘lisp’ from Lisp, is a versatile and dynamically typed programming language that has gained traction in […]


The Kernel Programming Language was created by John N. Shutt
klisp is developed by Andres Navarro and Oto Havle