Subject: Re: Common Lisp interpretation by emacs
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 2000/03/24
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Christopher R. Barry
| Just learn to live with and love and improve the Emacs we have now,
| since a CL one just isn't happening, and would take a lot of work to
| make much more spectacular than our current Emacs even if it did.

  regrettably, I have come to the same conclusion -- this won't fly if it
  doesn't have a very significant advantage over the current Emacs, and
  that means user-visible features, not just programmability in a much
  better language.  with two major disincentives operating against any
  Common Lisp project, the chances of sufficient popularity are also very
  slim.  the two disincentives are primarily the close-minded attitude and
  open hostility of the Open Source crowd towards anything that is not
  sufficiently "open" -- i.e., "philosophically impure" in their eyes --
  which detracts effort and would-be programmers alike, and secondarily
  that the pool of people was already so small initially that it certainly
  has no critical mass by the time the primary disincentive has eroded
  popular enthusiasm.