Ikarus is an optimizing compiler, so your Scheme code will run
fast without the need to port hot spots to C "for performance".
With an incremental compiler, you don't need a separate
compilation step to make your program run fast. The best part is
that the compiler itself is fast, capable of compiling thousands
of lines of code per second.
Finally, Ikarus is an R6RS compiler. R6RS is the latest revision
of the Scheme standard. The preliminary release of Ikarus
supports over 80% of the most important features of R6RS, and
later releases will bring Ikarus closer to full R6RS conformance.
R6RS libraries, scripts, record types, condition system,
exception handling, unicode strings, bytevectors, hashtable, and
enumerations are among the supported features.
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