Subject: Re: Impressing colleagues with Lisp - looking for stories from the trenches
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: Fri, 03 May 2002 19:50:34 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Bruce Hoult
| Yes I'm for real.  Ignorance is the precisely correct word.  They almost 
| most certainly have Perl installed, and probably use it.  If they don't 
| know how to use tied variables to implement transparent updates to 
| things external to the program using a simple asignment statement then 
| that is ignorance, pure and simple.

  That is not the point.  Whether he knew how to do it is irrelevant.  If
  he knew how to use "tied variables" and how to write the same thing in
  Perl, he might _still_ think the Common Lisp way of doing it was nice
  enough that he wanted to help give Common Lisp a chance, and I told the
  story of how at least one sysadmin was sufficiently impressed.  Which was
  the point of this thread, you annoying imbecile.

  Clearly, doing _anything_ to satisfy you is an utter waste of time.
  Please, return to your Dylan newsgroup.  Anyone who _wants_ to talk to
  you will know where to find you.
  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.

  70 percent of American adults do not understand the scientific process.