|From:||M. Edward (Ed) Borasky|
|Subject:||Re: [Axiom-developer] Lisp|
|Date:||Wed, 05 Mar 2008 19:11:58 -0800|
|User-agent:||Thunderbird 220.127.116.11 (X11/20080213)|
Either you "get it" or you don't. There is no half-way with Lisp. There are no words to explain what it means to "get it" until you do ... and then there is no reason to explain it; you get it.
Well ... many years ago I "got" Lisp. I told myself at the time that if I had to use one programming language for the rest of my career, it would be Lisp. And there were Lisp machines -- was it three vendors, two or four?
About four years ago, I got back into Lisp during a workshop on algorithmic composition. You know what? A couple of decades with other languages, especially Perl and R, convinced me that Lisp, while an elegant conceptual framework, was woefully lame as a *practical* language. And now there's Ruby.
So I saw the whole elephant. But I don't think I care to ride on it any more.
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