Subject: Re: RFC: Lisp/Scheme with less parentheses through Python-like   significant  indentation?
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 2000/08/11
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Aaron Crane <>
| It seems misguided at best to optimise for novices, especially for a
| programming language: one hopes and expects that people remain
| novices for only a vanishingly small fraction of their lives as a
| programmer.

  What!?  And run counter to all established marketing practice for
  computers and software and operating systems and and and...?

  The only good novice is one who remains a novice and continues to
  buy "introductory" books for novices/dummies, pays for expensive
  courses but learns nothing, and who ensures that non-novices get
  paid very well to fix his problems.  Novices-who-remain-novices are
  probably responsible for 25% of the fraction of the GNP that is
  related to computers.  And now you're suggesting we not cater to
  them?  What are you?  Some, some, uh, some _professional_?

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