Subject: Re: String to real
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 2000/06/08
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Tim Bradshaw <>
| Sure, that's the right answer.  I just interpreted his `in ANSI CL'
| to mean `standardly provided by the language'.

  I'm working with the notion that whatever is in the standard today
  is there because it existed outside the standard at some time and
  was deemed admissible into it, and I don't consider the concrete
  that standards are cast in to be completely solidified.  The only
  way we can make something _become_ standard is to do the work and
  present it to the people who will hopefully measure the technical
  merits and accept it.  Let's get agreement on useful, good stuff.
  (And let's all agree or encourage others to implement it that way.)

  I interpreted his "in ANSI CL" to be the name of the language, but
  maybe that's because I think programming _solely_ in ANSI CL is a
  counter-productive limitation of your universe, just as writing
  _solely_ in ISO C is fairly stupid.  It's like refusing to use any
  software that doesn't come with your operating system or even with
  the hardware.

| But the reuse mafia tend to laugh at me...

  Well, laugh back: I hate "reuse" almost as much as I hate "API".
  I love language design, however.

  If this is not what you expected, please alter your expectations.