Subject: Re: is lisp a general purpose lang? From: Erik Naggum <email@example.com> Date: Mon, 01 Apr 2002 12:09:26 GMT Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> * Fernando Rodríguez | You want to learn programming? If you are a total beginner, I think it's | a better idea to start with scheme instead of common lisp. It's a | simpler lisp dialect that has been designed for teaching. I strongly disagree. Scheme destroys the minds of programmers much more and much worse than BASIC is rumored to do. In order to learn to use any other programming language, a Scheme-trained programmer has to forget all of Scheme and relearn everything from scratch. This is doable, but such a horribly inefficient way of doing things. | "How to design programs" I have to admit, though, this looks like a _great_ book. | "Structure and intepretation of computer programs" (Esse é foda ;-) I no longer think this is a great book. It teaches differences where no basis for comparison has been laid. /// -- 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.