Subject: Re: `cond', IF .. THEN .. ELSE syntax vx. IF, WHEN, and COND
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 1998/12/08
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Kelly Murray <kem@IntelliMarket.Com>
| I agree, and believe this reinforces my point: people who don't like 
| the parens of LISP do so for perhaps personal, irrational or stylistic
| reasons -- and therefore telling them they should like it, or educating
| them on why they should like it, is just arrogant and ineffective.

  this is not my experience.  telling people that their parenthophobia is
  misplaced in stupid languages is arrogant and ineffective because they
  have a reason to fear them.  however, people also need to learn, pretty
  damn quick, that just because some two things look the same doesn't mean
  they are the same if they occur in two very different contexts.  telling
  people that is perhaps arrogant, but it is effective, because it is true
  and those who stick to "once-and-for-all" learning aren't useful, anyway.

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