Subject: Re: Common syntax [was: newbie in deep over his head] From: Erik Naggum <email@example.com> Date: Fri, 01 Mar 2002 19:49:00 GMT Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> * "Glenn Burnside" <email@example.com> | But obviously a little sugar is good - else why '#... for function, or ' | for list? One of the things I hope you will appreciate here is that people take some pains to be as precise as they can when they post, and that means that '# instead of #' is an annoyance. ' does not mean list, it means quote. 'x does _not_ do the same as (list x), but (quote x). | Do you think you could get by without that? You mean would I abstain from defining them if I wanted them? No. :) | What if you had a Lisp environment that let you elevate the read macro | kind of thing into the editor - where the editor let you specify how you | want to view and type certain things, but the source file stored the | actual forms? Would that be worth anything? If you are not familiar with Emacs, yet, now is a good time to start. /// -- In a fight against something, the fight has value, victory has none. In a fight for something, the fight is a loss, victory merely relief.