Subject: Re: What are parentheses for? (was Lisp/Scheme with less parentheses ...)
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 2000/08/17
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

| Erick Naggum wrote:

  If you can't even pay enough attention to get people's names right,
  please drop programming.  Thank you.

  I suggested:

(setf (cdr (last <list>)) (list <whatever>))

  You tried:

(setf (cdr (last x)) 'j)

  and then you complained:

| Now I don't even have a proper list anymore ...

  So pay attention!  Sheesh!

| people tell you to avoid using eval because it is
| expensive, but every macro call in lisp first does a
| textual substitution followed by an eval, so doesn't this make all
| macros expensive things to avoid if you want to write fast code?

  This is all _completely_ wrong.  So wrong, in fact, that it won't do
  you any good to have it explained.  Go read a textbook, _now_!

| Yep, what sustained it for so long?

  People who were willing to study something before they make wildly
  exaggerated and completely idiotic claims about it.

| It's popularity zoomed to an incredible peak in the late 80's (end
| of cold war) and is now at an all time low.

  Really?  You _are_ just posting moronic flame bait.

| Thank you for paying attention to me.

  Yes, unlike you, I do pay attention.

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