Subject: Re: Lisp syntax for Haskell?
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 1999/07/18
Newsgroups: comp.lang.functional,comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* (Hannah Schroeter)
| Who knows what will be the language of choice in 5 years?

  the choice of whom?  I predict that "one world -- one X" will have been
  obliterated by then, because Microsoft is not a viable force in 5 years'
  time, and interesting values of X such as "browser", "language", and
  "GUI" will go first.  after people discover that switching from custom
  systems to Microsoft to escape Y2K was a leap from the frying pan into
  the fire, and the lawsuits begin to take down software companies when
  Congress stops protecting them after seeing the effect of doing so, I
  also predict that certain design paradigms will suffer greatly.  since
  Common Lisp will go through this process completely unscathed, anyone who
  chooses to go with a very stable language that has demonsted none of the
  stupid flaws that cost the world a trillion dollars, or who chooses to
  market such a language on such premises, will succeed in gigcantic ways
  -- presuming that this is something they want and are prepared to handle.

  so, suppose managers "understand" that Y2K is a language-related problem,
  and blame whatever popular languages caused serious problems, the way
  they blamed Lisp when the AI winter set in -- how far will the effect go?

  [sorry for the delay in responding, I have had a rare vacation.]

@1999-07-22T00:37:33Z -- pi billion seconds since the turn of the century