SLIME is the “Superior Lisp Interaction Mode for Emacs.”
SLIME extends Emacs with support for interactive programming in
Common Lisp. The features are centered around
Emacs minor-mode that complements the standard
lisp-mode supports editing Lisp source files,
adds support for interacting with a running Common Lisp process for
compilation, debugging, documentation lookup, and so on.
slime-mode programming environment follows the example of
Emacs’s native Emacs Lisp environment. We have also included good
ideas from similar systems (such as ILISP) and some new
ideas of our own.
SLIME is constructed from two parts: a user-interface written in Emacs Lisp, and a supporting server program written in Common Lisp. The two sides are connected together with a socket and communicate using an RPC-like protocol.
The Lisp server is primarily written in portable Common Lisp. The required implementation-specific functionality is specified by a well-defined interface and implemented separately for each Lisp implementation. This makes SLIME readily portable.