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Re: What makes elisp fun ?


From: John Ankarström
Subject: Re: What makes elisp fun ?
Date: Fri, 26 May 2017 23:17:14 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.1 (gnu/linux)

Emanuel Berg <address@hidden> writes:

> Eric Abrahamsen wrote:
>
>> This is a trick question: the reason elisp is fun is
>> because it's the Emacs extension language.
>
> Are you sure? I can't even imagine having to do C or an OO
> language for what I do in Elisp. How it would ever work is
> another issue. But I can even less imagine it be as much
> fun as Lisp. Lisp is just a more relaxed language and for
> programming which is so intense and focused it is an
> awesome quality.

I completely agree with this sentiment. Emacs Lisp is a joy
to work with not only because it's the interactive extension
language of Emacs, but because it's a nice language. If
Emacs used Python as an extension language, I don't think we
would feel the same for Python as we do for Elisp.

The fact that Elisp is part of Emacs helped me discover, not
as a means to an end, but as a language in its own right.



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