Subject: Re: Why lisp failed in the marketplace
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 1997/02/25
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp,comp.lang.scheme
Message-ID: <>

* Sin-Yaw Wang
| Super engineers want other people to do "grunt works" so that they can
| have some good time.  Those "grunt works" people do not know Lisp well.

I find that the programmers of the Lisp system I'm using have done a _lot_
of the "grunt work" for me.  far less "grunt work" is necessary in Lisp
than in C/C++/whatever, where it seems there's very little _beyond_ "grunt
work".  in fact, there's so _little_ "grunt work" in one of my current
projects that I actually miss it a little -- I found it relaxing to spend
some time with some moderately unintelligent task like putting Emacs or the
shell to work on cross-referencing my files or tweaking some implementation
detail, but these are already taken care of (most of them, anyway).  which,
of course, means that most of the "grunt workers" would be out of work if
they used a better language.  maybe _that's_ why they don't know Lisp...

if you think big enough, you never have to do it