Subject: Re: is Lisp used in text parsing and processing tasks?
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 13 Nov 2002 21:18:28 +0000
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Michael Hudson
| What would _really bad_ Common Lisp look like?

  It is posted here from time to time.  Just use a `setq´ of free variables
  that are not declared special, and you are half there with just one major
  ugliness.  Then think you are writing in Scheme and you have taken another
  half out of the rest of the journey to worst-possible Common Lisp.  And if
  you really want to do a good approximation, think you are writing in C and
  do your own allocation of all objects from a pre-allocated pool and crash
  when you run out of space from that pool or any other error happens.  Do
  not use the exception system, but use reasonable return values for errors
  (like -1 where it really is a valid value).  Avoid multiple return values
  and pass values back through "global" variables.  Use Hungarian notation
  and variable names in Polish, but do not declare types.  Avoid hyphen, use
  underscore /and/ StudlyCaps.  Sprinkle whitespace, including line breaks,
  after open and before close parens.

Erik Naggum, Oslo, Norway

Act from reason, and failure makes you rethink and study harder.
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