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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I wonder
by RandomGuy on Mon 5th Jan 2009 23:42 UTC
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I wonder if times are getting better or worse for LISP. If you listen to Paul Graham and some other LISP guys times are getting better because other languages slowly adopt features from LISP.

I, however, believe times are getting worse for LISP because its ecological niche is getting occupied by other languages.

The good news is that programming Ruby or Python is probably less painful for a LISP guy than programming C.
The bad news is that the incentive to make the jump to LISP from these languages is also smaller.

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