Re: terra incognita
> > > At the end of the day code and data just aren't that much > > > like each other. Maybe this is why Lisp never took over the > > > world, cool though it is. -Tim Personally, I think the deal with LISP was that it's a bit too advanced a programming language for most folk. Plus it was never pitched for commercial applications -- it was aimed at folk who really didn't have an issue with syntax, and whose problems didn't revolve around databases and report generation. Even the M-expression notation didn't get around that. > > It is very interesting that you say this. I've seen a few people > > from the Lisp camp complain that XML is simply a more verbose > > yet less powerful reinvention of Lisp S-expressions with a lot of > > extra complexity added in (like namespaces, attributes and entity > > references). [Dale Obasanjo ] > > You have to take that with a grain of salt though. > There are folks in the Lisp camp who say that about > *every* new programming technology. "What's the big > deal about X? It's just a poorly reinvented version > of feature Y in Common Lisp." [Joe English] Those criticisms (less powerful, more verbose etc) have more than a grain of truth to them though. Consider: send an S-Expression over TCP and (eval) ... that's "write once, run everywhere" about 30 years before certain marketroids decided it was a good idea. And that's just one many examples ... :) - Dave
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