Subject: Re: IS(O-)Lisp status?
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 1996/07/23
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

[Erik Naggum]

|   (not that I'm anywhere near _happy_ with `while' and `for'.)

[Marc Wachowitz]

|   I guess they are for programmers who don't trust their implementation
|   about a decent optimization of recursion - not too unrealistic if one
|   expects the language to be used not only in the form of compiling to
|   machine code, but also as a simple scripting/extension language for
|   applications.

I was referring to the gratuitous renaming of `do' in the case of `for'.  I
happen to like `loop' for a number of applications, but find `while' to be
an oddly un-Lisp-like name.  such little things distract me because they
are so do devoid of value that one wonders why they bothered.