Subject: Re: Is LISP dying?
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 1999/07/18
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* hs@inferno.nirvananet (Hartmann Schaffer)
| The problem is that the cost to investigate whether its worth investing
| in is somewhat steep.

  this must have been in the times of _really_ expensive long distance or
  international phone calls.  if you get a system for a period to try it
  out, without paying for it or with a full refund policy, what does it
  _take_ to satisfy your demands?  I don't know a single market where you
  are actively disallowed from determining whether you can use a product
  _except_ software _other_ than Lisp environments.  and considering that
  people can learn Common Lisp with free environments, just what are you
  going to consider before investing in a commercial environment that needs
  it to be free or extremely low-cost?

  all of you guys who scream and shout about low-cost Common Lisp systems,
  do you _really_ go out and _buy_ the low-cost versions of all the
  environments of all the languages out there to try them out?  I don't
  think anybody actually does that.  if you wanted to take a test-drive,
  how come you accept the policies that come with shrink-wrapped software?

  I wonder: what is the _real_ argument behind all these weird claims?

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