Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 25th Oct 2011 12:50 UTC, submitted by JAlexoid
General Development The news already hit HackerNews late last night, but at that time there was no confirmation so I decided to wait until we knew for sure. Well, after Dennis Ritchie and Steve Jobs, the technology world lost another great mind yesterday. Stanford has confirmed that John McCarthy, the creator of LISP and the father of artificial intelligence, has passed away, age 84.
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by RareBreed on Thu 27th Oct 2011 01:11 UTC
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What a shame. I too have been hacking on Clojure (a lisp dialect) for the last year or so in my spare time. It has truly been an enlightening experience, and I am indebted to McCarthy (and Steve Russell )

The idea that code is data and data is code sounds simple (and a bit like ouroboros), but once you start "seeing" that the functionality and behavior of code is really just the structure of your data, it really opens up how you think about computing.

Clojure (and by extension other lisps/schemes) has become my favorite programming language, and I know a few (c, c++, java, python, perl, and to some degree scala, ruby, javascript, labview and C#)

Edited 2011-10-27 01:12 UTC

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