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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...

Nowadays, whenever I program in Common Lisp, I tend to think of the quote by Obi-Wan (Alec Guinness) from Star Wars:

"This is the weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or as random as a blaster, but an elegant weapon for a more civilized age."

I have to keep a positive mind and believe -- now that most of the limitations of computers that people used as arguments against this elegant language have gone away -- that there will be a real revival. There are some signs...

Posted by ora at 13:09


May the Force be with you.

Posted by: Mark Adler at April 14, 2005 01:25 PM


Posted by: gmlk at April 15, 2005 03:37 PM

Well, I just joined the club after 10 years of C++ development. I decided that I did NOT want to move on to either Java or C# and become a member of the Microsoft "Empire'.

I had avoided Lisp over the years for all the standard reasons, often dismissing it contempuously without a clue as to what it was really all about.

Imagine my astonishment when I started learning some Common Lisp and find that many of the more laborious constructs in C++ are far more easily and elegantly done in Lisp.

The deeper I get into this language the more intrigued I become.

I begin to feel like one of those dark Jedi who has been touched by the good side of the force and has been spontaneously freed from the mind control exerted by the "dark" tools.

In addition, throughout my best and most difficult days of C++ programming, the complicated contructs kept getting in the way of my inutition about how things should be done. With Lisp, there is a feeling of emancipation from overly restrictive constraints and my inutition feels liberated and more powerful.

Jim Pannozzi

Posted by: James Pannozzi at April 17, 2005 11:32 PM