Linked by Alexandru Lazar on Mon 5th Jan 2009 19:13 UTC
General Development In the age of dynamic languages and closures, most of you have probably heard of a mighty dragon called Lisp (which stands for LISt Processing), whose fans look almost with despise at other languages rediscovering it. Invented half a century ago, Lisp went on to become a de facto standard in the world of AI research, and has stood behind a handful of very neat inventions in the 1980s. Nevertheless, the long AI winter and the drift of technology towards other paradigms have almost lead to forgetting Lisp alltogether; IT has only recently started to rediscover parts of what made Lisp so cool back then.
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It wasn't used just in the 1980s, but the most famous achievements of Lisp's date back to the 1980s. Actually, the best stuff Lisp was used for date back in the 1960s and 1970s, when it was THE promoter of many techniques (the most important being garbage collection) that are still used today.

After the 1980s, Lisp was somewhat abandoned because its main field (AI research) was itself all but abandoned.

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