jonathon <email@example.com> wrote:
| Ever seen this quote?
| Old LISPer that I am, I also looked at various current dialects of Lisp
| and Scheme--but, as is historically usual for Lisp, lots of clever
| design was rendered almost useless by scanty or nonexistent
| documentation, incomplete access to POSIX/UNIX facilities, and a small
| but nevertheless deeply fragmented user community.
| Does this argument still have any merit?
As an "argument", it never did, since there's no sense arguing about
which language works for you (or not).
As a criticism of the state of things, I suspect that some parts of
it were once more-or-less valid, but suggest that things have gotten
a lot better recently, at least in the Common Lisp community [which
is a *completely* different community than the Scheme community, even
though come people consider themselves to hold dual citizenship --
see <http://www.nhplace.com/kent/PS/Lambda.html> for more]. We have
much more community-based help for tools, libraries, packages, etc.:
And of course this newsgroup and various mailing lists (and IRC,
So if you want to try Coommon Lisp, there's certainly enough help
Rob Warnock <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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