Subject: Re: Why learn Lisp
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 26 Aug 2002 02:24:41 +0000
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp,comp.lang.scheme
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* cr88192 <>
| if people don't care I have little reason to implement it...

  That kind of attitude is just so /stupid/ I could scream.  Well, let me
  scream.  THAT ATTITUDE IS SO GODDAMN STUPID!  (Thank you.)

  What you do with your time should be /completely/ unaffected by what other
  people find valuable.  You could not possibly attract anyone with some half-
  assed non-implementation of an idea, so just give that part of the task up
  right now.  What you /can/ do, however, is prove to yourself first, and then
  to others, that you can accomplish something worth accomplishing.  Some
  people prove this with degrees in educational institutions.  Others start
  small companies in their garage with the proceeds of their past successes.

  If you are starting out in life and treat creating a language as a means to
  learn something, which I do not even consider a worthwhile task if you are
  into compiler design, you should not even /ask/ people to care.  You have
  set out to learn something by explicitly rejecting everything that other
  people have done before you.  Create your own language and be on your own.

Erik Naggum, Oslo, Norway

Act from reason, and failure makes you rethink and study harder.
Act from faith, and failure makes you blame someone and push harder.