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Re: Shrinking the C core

From: Arthur Miller
Subject: Re: Shrinking the C core
Date: Wed, 06 Sep 2023 07:04:43 +0200
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Richard Stallman <rms@gnu.org> writes:

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>   > Would you please stop arguing for rewriting Emacs in Common Lisp?  It
>   > is a non-starter.
>   > It would be an enormouse job -- including rewriting the Emacs Lisp
>   > Referance Manual.
> Also, there are aspects of Common Lisp which i rejected as clumsy and

With all respect to you, but sound to me like an emotional argument, not
a rational one.

I don't know why you reject them as clumsy, but why does it matter to us
if a tool includes features we don't use? I don't know if I understand
it correctly, but CL was made so other Lisps can be abstracted on top of
it; so we use those features to abstract stuff on top of those lengthy
verbose functions? In other words we can hide those keyword params
behind elispy abstractions if we don't like them?

> best avoided.

Why are they best avoided? Is there some technical reason or is it

> best avoided.  All those keyword arguments!  I intentionally excluded
> tham from Emacs and I am not going to let them in.

I don't want to be impolite, but they are already in; via cl-lib.el.

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