Subject: Re: Lisp - First Impressions
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 2000/06/14
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Jean-Louis Leroy <>
| So perhaps it would help if the Lisp community loudly said to the
| world that Lisp has evolved too...

  Sadly, "the world" mostly believes in evolution if you change the
  name of the tool, or increment some already ridiculous version
  number.  Common Lisp doesn't have any meaningful use for a ++ behind
  its name, it doesn't have its year of standardization in its name,
  either, and it's unclear which version of the language we have.

  Case in point: ANSI Common Lisp from 1994 is not Lisp 1.5 from 1960,
  but you probably still thought you dealt with 1960's Lisp when you
  started to use a modern Common Lisp environment.  If you did that,
  and you know it's as bogus as it can get, the question is how you
  were able to avoid all the information about Lisp's evolution.

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