DBJ AutoLISP circa 1991

Undusting the floppies the other day brought yet another “Wow !” moment … I was writing LISP code in 1991 ? And it certainly seems non-trivial stuff, at least to me.

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Polygon tessellation (triangulation) and simillar “delicacies”. Those where the days of my heavy involvement with ACAD AutoLISP, vector graphics etc. Here is one example. The start of a polygon triangulation utility

; 08.01.92 DBJ translated into RUN system
; dbjtri.lsp 25.09.91 DBJ created
(setq function
(lambda ( / plst pln Vmin)
( SETQ *ERROR* runerr )
(setq quad '() ; list of quad's
trian '() ; list of triang's
fset (ssadd) ; s-set for faces
vlst10 '() ; list of vertices
pFlag -1) ; polyline flag
( prompt "n*DBJTRI* Conversion of Polylines to faces ")
( SETQ pln (call "tri/getpln") ; get poly line list name
plst (call '("tri/plnlst" pln)) ; make vLst10 from pline
Vmin (call "tri/pxmin") ; index of V with Xmin in it
xmin (car (nth Vmin vLst10)) ; xmin of Vlst10
) ; setq
; Order the polygon in the right way by DBJ !
(if (< (call '("tri/aof3" ; if
(nth (call '("tri/1left" Vmin vLst10)) vLst10) ; area
(nth Vmin vLst10) ; of leftmost
(nth (call '("tri/1from" Vmin vLst10)) vLst10); triangle
) ; is less
0) ; than 0
(setq vLst10 (reverse vLst10)) ; then reverse the polyline !
(call '("tri/layon" "3dface")) ; and on this layer
(call '("tri/sp3tof" xmin )) ; do the glorious thing
(call "tri/make3or4") ; make set of faces ...
) ; end DBJTRI lambda
) ; end Function set


Now, this is what I might call “Gobsmacking”. I remember I was doing it and that it has worked, etc. But to explain it today, I think I would need to transform it first to e.g. JavaScript and then try and explain this code.

Update 2013-Aug-10

My (Auto)LISP legacy is now on github: