Subject: Re: Why lisp failed in the marketplace
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 1997/03/12
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp,comp.lang.scheme
Message-ID: <>

* Randy Crawford
| I've come late to this old saw, but what the heck...

it seems you are several years out of date, too.

| And those who believed to the contrary, like Lucid and Symbolics, are 
| dead, dead, dead.

where do you consider Franz, Harlequin, and Digitool to be today?

| If every Lisp-based business has eventually crashed and burned (or else
| left Lisp behind), then a commercial "success" like that of Lisp is one I
| would not wish on any friend.

perhaps you might want to consider a few facts, too, preferably first-hand,
recent ones?  thank you for sharing your prejudices, though.

how to beat Microsoft, death, and poverty: in July 1994, there were more
references to my name (3039) in gopherspace than to Microsoft (2557), death
(2530), and poverty (2410).  (