Subject: Re: is Lisp used in text parsing and processing tasks?
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 14 Nov 2002 22:33:26 +0000
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
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* Henrik Motakef
| As opposed to conventions leading to clear names like cddddr, psetf,
| ldp, fboundp, or rplacd?

* Erik Naggum
| All crystal clear to me, except for `ldp´.

* Martti Halminen
| The original poster possibly meant ldb, which I believe was directly
| borrowed from PDP-10 assembler.

  Yes, `dpb´ and `ldb´ are PDP-10 instructions, all right.  I wish more
  low-level instructions like this were available to Common Lisp
  programmers.  E.g., byte-swapping instructions and rotates.

  However, you seem to have missed the potential for a humorous bent on
  this.  Complaining about cryptic names is one thing, but getting them
  wrong when you do is inherently funny, at least in my book.

Erik Naggum, Oslo, Norway

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