Subject: Re: invert-string revisited
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: Sat, 01 Jun 2002 11:29:44 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Adam Warner
| Help!  How did you compile invert-string Erik?

  First, I learned how to quote less from other people's articles and from
  program output -- paring it down to the essentials helps all parties.
  That was in June, 1980 or so.  Then I learned to _read_ error messages
  from computers in the hopes that the author of the software was able to
  express more than incoherent babble when things did not go his way.  That
  was in July 1980 or so.  Then I learned that modifying the specific part
  of the input about which programs had complained usually altered the
  complaint, and over time I found out how to make the complaint go away
  more often than not.  This was in in August 1980 or so.  Then, in May
  2002, I applied these skills.

| Here's my code to match yours:

  Please pay attention.  CMUCL complained about the binding of INVERT was
  NIL, not a SIMPLE-BASE-STRING.  How hard could it be to figure out what
  to do?

  Sorry, I have lost all interest in this.  I offered the code in the
  interest of showing you something, but you bicker and bitch.  I deeply
  and profoundly regret that I tried to help you and I will not try again.
  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.