Subject: Re: newbie asks: why CL rather than scheme?
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2001 04:06:58 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Dorai Sitaram
| Anyhow, people who learn Scheme may voluntarily, with their new-found
| grasp of things, move on to Common Lisp -- and love it "oh so much" that
| they stay with it --, as many have attested here.  _They_ switch.  As
| this is in addition to people who learn Common Lisp from the get-go, it
| looks like it's a nett gain for Common Lisp.  Why complain?  The bride is
| too beautiful?

  This is nothing but a good reason to tell those who want to learn Scheme
  to study Common Lisp first so they do not waste the time on Scheme, and
  for Common Lisp people to know enough Scheme to help the wayward.

  But why do Scheme freaks argue so strongly against Common Lisp so often?
  Is it because nobody in their right mind switches from CL to Scheme, so
  CL poses a veritable threat to Scheme?

  The past is not more important than the future, despite what your culture
  has taught you.  Your future observations, conclusions, and beliefs are
  more important to you than those in your past ever will be.  The world is
  changing so fast the balance between the past and the future has shifted.