Subject: Re: Lisp is alive
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 1996/09/26
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

[Erik Naggum]

|   Of course, some of us do remember when Dylan had both a prefix and an infix
|   syntax and transformation between them was supposed to be straight-forward.
|   And I do wonder what was actually gained by dropping the prefix syntax.

[Cyber Surfer]

|   A larger market, perhaps?  I'd guess that Apple saw it that way, being
|   Apple.  If your platform is one where most programmers are currently
|   using C++, which I suspect may be the case with the Mac, then Dylan as
|   it exists today may be more attractive to C++ than Lisp dialects such
|   as CL and Scheme.

You're not paying attention to what I'm writing.  My question was about
dropping the prefix syntax, not about gaining the infix syntax, since Dylan
had both to begin with.  The infix syntax should have had sufficient light
to attract the common houseflies.

Again, I wonder what was _actually_ gained by dropping the prefix syntax.

Those who do not know Lisp are doomed to reimplement it.