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Re: [Gcl-devel] is lisp standard

From: Michael Koehne
Subject: Re: [Gcl-devel] is lisp standard
Date: Fri, 2 Jul 2004 20:41:30 +0200
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Moin Camm Maguire,

> OK, in addition, as far as I can (weakly) see, of these three, common
> lisp is the dominant dialect, and is likely to become more so in the
> future.  Would you agree with such a statement, given that of course
> no scientific statement of this sort is possible?

  *hm* they differ - Common Lisp and Scheme have a standard, while elisp
  and autolisp are defined by their application and differ between
  versions. Other Lisp like application level languages might draw the
  attention of new programmers, e.g. Scheme/Gimp or even some 3d ego
  chatter mud like game with a 'online creation language' starting
  from lisp500 code ;(

  Lisp had the habbit to be a meta language, where programming is
  extending or modifying the language to solve own problems. A pure
  ANSI Common Lisp would be useless for many real life problems - so
  each Lisp will differ in tins, bells and whistles - Lisp is much
  older than many other languages, and still modern - so better say
  Lisp is alive and well, if there are enough Lisp programmers, as
  any active Lisp programmer adds a new dialect, that may merge into
  the Lisp culture ;)

Bye Michael

PS : Application level of ANSI compatibility is an important topic for me,
  because it makes life much easier, if one could just (re)use libraries
  like postgres interface (require 'pg) or study classic AI (require 'paip)
  out of the box.
PPS: My current work had not been possible without Paul's work done before.
  The ansi-tests/ are most important feature of GCL cvs HEAD, imho.
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