Subject: Re: distinction?
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 2000/12/04
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* "David McClain" <>
| I recently had the dubious pleasure of editing another scientist's
| Lisp code and porting it to a more modern dialect of Lisp.  His
| penchant for using globals containing local state information makes it
| almost impossible to reproduce simply because it is difficult to track
| which functions step on these shared variables across the two-dozen or
| so modules of Lisp.  Yechh!

  Some Common Lisp environments come with a cross referencing facility
  that allows you to query the system for all such references, such as
  Allegro CL from Franz Inc.  It doesn't take the pain of dealing with
  such code away, but you can at least retain control over it.

  "When you are having a bad day and it seems like everybody is trying
   to piss you off, remember that it takes 42 muscles to produce a
   frown, but only 4 muscles to work the trigger of a good sniper rifle."
								-- Unknown