Software Development

Webcomic: The legacy of LISP


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Once again, xkcd shows us the way, invoking the ultimate geek weapon when describing the appeal of the LISP family of programming languages.

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3 comments
estrong
estrong

If you like the comic i suggest that you go to the site and view it, there's always a little something extra in the alt tag on the images.

ramacd
ramacd

To me, an APL/J speaker, LISP's parentheses are like a comedian compelled to explain every joke she tells, thus expunging all humor. (= 2 (+ 1 1)) is just _wrong_.

SmilingSheep
SmilingSheep

Isn't that one of the seven deadly sins? Oh, for the days when I could write in LISP. I'd think that the instant gratification of the program immediately telling you that you screwed up the code by not closing the fifth nested paren would be a lure for today's youth. Alas, I haven't coded LISP for six years. Well, it was AutoLISP ... but it still rocked.