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Re: Cool and Useful LISP for the .emacs file

From: Alan Mackenzie
Subject: Re: Cool and Useful LISP for the .emacs file
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2003 20:04:20 +0000
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Burton Samograd <> wrote on Tue, 11 Nov 2003 17:00:06
> Alan Mackenzie<none@example.invalid> writes:

>> Burton Samograd <> wrote on Mon, 10 Nov 2003 21:00:03
>> GMT:

>>> 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?  "..due to the type
>> of people that helped shape lisp"?  That seems disparaging.  What have
>> personalities got to do with the difficulties of learning a new
>> programing language?

> Another poster replied as to what "Worse is better" was refering to.
> Just because you haven't heard of something doesn't make it nonsense.
> As a hint, when you're wondering what something is supposed to mean,
> rather than do an instant-flame, try googling.


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> burton samograd

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