Subject: Re: Theory #51 (superior(?) programming languages) From: Erik Naggum <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 1997/01/24 Newsgroups: comp.arch,comp.lang.lisp,comp.lang.scheme Message-ID: <email@example.com> * Robert Harley | So you complain about how obscure this check is in C: | | v += u; | if (v < u) overflow(); | | but you're happy with this mess to not check in Lisp: | | (locally (declare (optimize (speed 3) (safety 0))) (set v (plus v u))) | | !!!?!??! Ha ha ha! thank you. I needed that. Common Lisp programmers write macros that do these things for them. this is another important point you missed about the lack of abilities in C. | So you found an example where it occasionally approaches the speed of C, | until suddenly the garbage collector stops everything to reclaim unused | memory that should never have been allocated in the first place, but is | so conservative that it only frees a fraction of it? Am I right or am I | right? you're wrong, and you're being silly, now, instead of witty, like above. | This thread has turned into a farce. yeah, funny how it just did, isn't it? #\Erik -- 1,3,7-trimethylxanthine -- a basic ingredient in quality software.