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Re: [Axiom-developer] Lisp

From: M. Edward (Ed) Borasky
Subject: Re: [Axiom-developer] Lisp
Date: Wed, 05 Mar 2008 19:11:58 -0800
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address@hidden wrote:
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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