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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RE: One more to add to the list...
by sdeber on Mon 5th Jan 2009 21:59 UTC in reply to "One more to add to the list..."
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Dude, you really got the point. In so-called "IT" industry, the most worthless thing is the technology. Money is the real boss. Lisp itself is good. It evolves smoothly, in contrast, languages like java or C# are just evolution dead-end. I saw the talk about the future of C#, my impression is that these C# guys is doing the same thing as those C++ people did to C. They are just patching the existing language. And the result is that we end up with a language with awfully complicated syntax and semantics.
Why these guys like C flavor so much? I mean C is good, it is also an evolution dead end, but it is OK for C because C is designed to do low level programming such as writing kernels, device drivers or system programming, and this kind of jobs rarely changes. In contrast, languages like java or C# are different, they are mostly used in business world, and business changes fast.

Edited 2009-01-05 22:02 UTC

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