Subject: Re: Avoiding unintentional variable capture
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 1999/09/11
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Reini Urban
| please not THIS.  "Where comes this 'it' from?" a newbie would ask.  no
| magic names please.

& <37da49ca.182323116@judy>
| I do care about newbie's (the AutoLISP crowd) who should be able to
| understand a macro system (easy) and write correct code then (hard).

  I fail to see why it is necessary or even useful to bring this mythical
  newbie into design discussions.  it's like targeting political campaigns
  _only_ towards first-time voters, or making TV shows only for people who
  have never seen the show before.  the most common effect of all this
  focus on beginners is that more experienced users go elsewhere, mostly
  because in newbie-friendly things you are unable to grow beyond a
  certain, low point.  call it the beginner's glass ceiling, if you want.

  it's election time in Norway.  explains everything, doesn't it?