Subject: Re: Beginner Learner
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: Sat, 03 Nov 2001 16:16:27 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* (Artist)
| I have started to learn emacs and got little intro to lisp.  My
| background is lots of perl.  I would like to know how lisp can be
| beneficial.  Any good pointers would be useful..

  Let each language you (want to) learn be your first, because the first
  language you did learn was found at random and is unrelated to _any_
  quality of the language other than being in the same place you were at
  that particular time.  So, how did you start off with Perl?  Did you ask
  the same questions of Perl as you now do of Lisp?  Why is it appropriate
  to use what you have accidentally stumbled on and meandered through at
  random with Perl as the basis for your next language?  If you can find
  (Common) Lisp used somewhere around you, that is the best way to start.

  If you are interested in it because it looks really cool (it is!), search
  the Web for words like "lisp", "defun", "defmacro", etc, and search your
  favorite online bookstore for "lisp".  You may find more than you expect.

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