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Re: Cool and Useful LISP for the .emacs file

From: Jesper Harder
Subject: Re: Cool and Useful LISP for the .emacs file
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2003 15:32:35 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.1003 (Gnus v5.10.3) Emacs/21.3.50 (gnu/linux)

Alan Mackenzie<none@example.invalid> writes:

> Burton Samograd <> wrote:
>> From my experience, switching to lisp is a bit more work than the other
>> way around, due to the type of people that helped shape lisp in the
>> first place.  C and UNIX were developed around the "worse is better"
>> type philosophy, where LISPy systems were more focused on the
>> consistent and perfect side.
> All due respect, and everything, but the above is incoherent nonsense.
> "Worse is better"?  What's that supposed to mean?

It's an expression coined by Richard P. Gabriel (a Lisp hacker) while
trying to explain why C and Unix became so popular even though they
(in his view) were technically inferior to The Right Thing, i.e. Lisp.



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