Posted: Mar 21, 2012 3:12 am
by epepke
mizvekov wrote:It's funny you should say that, because at the time the guy who wrote it died, I remember reading a lot of people still partially blaming him for the failure of LISP to become popular, because he made their community seem much more hostile to newbies.

As I don't remember his name, I doubt he was all that influential in whether people liked or disliked LISP.

Another thing: When I was in my first "LISP is really cool," I argued with someone. She said that LISP was a totally hardware-independent language. I pointed out that CAR and CDR stood for "contents of the address/decrement register," which were a specific implementation. There have been some attempts to use FIRST and REST, but they never caught on.

The things that bugged me about LISP was how SNUMS depended on word size and were always shorter than the word size. I think that Scheme is superior in this regard, as it has exact and inexact numbers rather than number type/length.