Subject: Re: RFC: Lisp/Scheme with less parentheses through Python-like significant   indentation?
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 2000/08/09
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Michael Hudson <>
| From an experienced Pythoneer: don't knock what you don't know.

  Let's keep this sage advice in mind for just a few seconds.

| Have you actually found it's dependence on whitespace a problem
| (other than the "ooh this is different therefore it's bad" response)?

  Why are you so unfathomably stupid as to think it's OK for _you_ to
  knock what you don't know right after you've told others not to?
  How the hell did you come up with the _chutzpah_ required to write
  such an obvious attack based on your own ignorance of how others
  reacted to Python's significant whitespace?

  Some people just prove that human procreation is too cheap.

  The reason _I_ don't like Python's significant whitespace is that I
  don't want to keep doing indentation by hand.  I'm sure it looks
  good after the fact, but before the fact, which I automatically
  think about as I keep writing stuff and make my living writing, it
  involves a lot of _unnecessary_ work.  But hey, if you're used to
  C++ and you think Perl's way too ugly, but still has merits, Python
  probably wins.  If you're used to Common Lisp, I fail to see how
  Python could win, except over C++ and Perl and possibly Java.

  If this is not what you expected, please alter your expectations.