Susam /suːsʌm/ is an open source developer. In the world of Common Lisp, he works on Common Lisp tooling to make Common Lisp more approachable for beginners. He has been a contributor to Superior Lisp Interaction Mode for Vim (SLIMV) and Portacle. He also maintains Emacs4CL, a tiny quick starter .emacs to quickly set up vanilla Emacs for Common Lisp programming.

Susam began teaching himself Common Lisp using GNU CLISP 2.41 on Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 (Etch) at an airport during a long layover in 2007. Since then he has moved on to other implementations and uses SBCL primarily these days but keeps an instance of GNU CLISP around for nostalgia's sake. For others like him for whom the GNU CLISP welcome banner brings warm memories, here is a snapshot of it from version 2.41:

$ clisp
  i i i i i i i       ooooo    o        ooooooo   ooooo   ooooo
  I I I I I I I      8     8   8           8     8     o  8    8
  I  \ `+' /  I      8         8           8     8        8    8
   \  `-+-'  /       8         8           8      ooooo   8oooo
    `-__|__-'        8         8           8           8  8
        |            8     o   8           8     o     8  8
  ------+------       ooooo    8oooooo  ooo8ooo   ooooo   8

Copyright (c) Bruno Haible, Michael Stoll 1992, 1993
Copyright (c) Bruno Haible, Marcus Daniels 1994-1997
Copyright (c) Bruno Haible, Pierpaolo Bernardi, Sam Steingold 1998
Copyright (c) Bruno Haible, Sam Steingold 1999-2000
Copyright (c) Sam Steingold, Bruno Haible 2001-2006


Susam is also an active IRCer and hangs out frequently on the IRC channels #commonlisp and #emacs on Libera Chat. Additionally, he operates the #algorithms and #offbeat channels on the same network. The last one is the official channel of the Offbeat Computation Club. The club members meet daily to read classic books on mathematics and computation. A good number of members of this community have a keen interest in Common Lisp and Emacs, so you are very welcome to join this channel if you would like to hang out with the community.