Subject: Re: Best Lisp for Windows NT?
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 1999/05/05
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

| The critical mass of Windows is undeniable.

  I deny it.  Windows is completely irrelevant.  and that, incidentally, is
  its _current_ strength, because the irrelevant is something you choose
  without thinking about it.  however, the irrelevant may lose its position
  overnight, and so Bill Gates has every right to be paranoid about it.

| The best machine for running Lisp would have gigabytes of RAM and would
| be expensive.

  huh?  what the hell are you talking about?

| If you're a typical Unix programmer, you don't have a lot of spare time.

  huh?  where do _get_ these notions?

| But if you write a few popular Windows apps in your spare time, you can
| retire, buy your dream Lisp machine, and spend all your time on it.

  geez.  I have seen people who plan to make their fortune playing the
  lottery have a better grasp on reality than this.

| But wouldn't it be so much better to write those few popular Windows apps
| in Lisp than in VC++?

  no, it wouldn't.  I think it's good that VC++ "owns" the Windows market,
  because Windows will vanish without a trace, and the languages and tools
  that people associate with Windows will go with it.