off-topic: Why is lisp so weird?
From: nobody (nobody_u_should_no_at_yahoo.com)
Date: 28 Feb 2004 21:12:28 -0800
firstname.lastname@example.org (Mike Cox) wrote in message news:<email@example.com>...
> I'm a C++ programmer, and have to use lisp because I want to use
> emacs. I've gotten a book on lisp, and I must say lisp is the ugliest
> looking language syntax wise. What is up with this: (defun(foo()).
(DEFUN FOO () NIL)
> What were the lisp authors thinking? Why did Stallman use lisp in
> emacs so extensively?
C and C++ did not exist at the time. Do you think he should have used
Fortran for this? *shudder*
If someone, although not RMS, admittedly, was writing a new extensible
editor today, a combination of C++ and Python would have probably be
> Why oh why does such a weird and strange
> looking language end up in a major software package so now I have to
> learn it?
You can use better editors than Emacs. I'll give you a hint: no
12-finger key combinations with right clicking
and waving of a rubber wildebeest are happening in my office.
> My mind boggles at the craziness of lisp, and stallman's
> decision to add so much of it to lisp.
"do not eval this inside omega-forms unless you know what you
(FEEL YOU (ADJECTIVE GOOD)))))
(USE (MAKE-SYMBOL "LISP")
:WHEN (PERIOD :FROM (YEAR 1982)
:TO (YEAR 1991)))))
(FEEL I (BELONGS :SUBJECT YOU PAIN)))
SEE YOU (ONLY (THE (CL::FIRST ICEBERG))))))
;; *shudder* is a special variable !
(CAN YOU (USED GET (TO (THE (MANY PAREN))))
:WHEN ,(LAMBDA (X) (> X (SEVERAL (MANY WEEK))))))
,(LET ((SURFACE T))
((DOUBLE MUCHO) :CONTENT 'ATROCITY
:WHERE? ,(LOCATION :TYPE
'ABOVE-BELOW NIL SURFACE))))))
(PRINT (TRANSLATE-INTO-ENGLISH THIS-PARAGRAPH))
--> "I hope you feel better. As someone who used Lisp from 1982 to
1991, I feel your pain, but you have only seen the tip of the iceberg.
You can get used to the parens after a few weeks of using them a lot.
Larger atrocities are beneath the surface"
> If someone can answer my questions, I will spend less time with the
> emacs psychiatrist!
Just walk away and never look back, if you value whatever sanity you
have left in you, mate!