Subject: Re: Can I use Lisp?
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 2000/10/24
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

| If a Lisp vendor does not allow distribution of the Lisp compiler
| with runtimes, ...

  Then the right approach is to ask that vendor what it would take to
  get permission to do that.  All vendors allow distribution of the
  Lisp compiler with runtimes, but at different terms than without.

| I've been told not to continue considering Lisp, because of
| considerations such as the above.

  Most likely, you will be told not to continue to consider Lisp after
  this issue has been resolved, because it is so obviously bogus.

  You can most probably do without the compiler.  Provided that you
  compile enough of the support system, the interpreter can be used to
  process a higher-level language in such a way that more than 90% of
  the processing time is still spent in compiled code.  This means
  designing your own application-level language, but that's part of
  the fun with programming in a powerful language.

| The hardest point to argue against is that the fastest Lisp,
| Allegro, does not allow distribution of the compiler with runtimes,

  This is fortunately just plain wrong.  Just call them and ask.

| I'm omitting my name because one of my coworkers has a nasty habit
| of doing global searches to see what each of us is posting about,
| and my name is unique enough to be easy to search on.

  Please accept my sympathies.  Cow-orkers like that should be shot.
  (Now, if anyone of mine does the same, he sure won't tell anyone. :)

  I agree with everything you say, but I would
  attack to death your right to say it.
				-- Tom Stoppard