Subject: Re: So, where's the "Javadoc" for COMMON Lisp?
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: Thu, 02 Aug 2001 15:09:21 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Bijan Parsia <>
> I wonder if they were ignorant or just savvy enough to recognize how
> desperately awful a SGML/XML like syntax is for representing SGML/XML
> code. I mean, working with XSLT makes me *long* for a nicer syntax
> (<xsl:variable name="foo" value="bar"/> to bind "foo" to *bar*???!!!
> Yikes!) Alas, if only they'd fix the object language syntax instead of
> stretching their evil-syntax generation powers yet again.

  I think it is a symptom of "it is good enough for them, but not good
  enough for me"-syndrome of almost all programming language designers.
  Lisp is _really_ different in this regard, also from Scheme.  In fact,
  this may be _the_ most undervalued value of the Lisp tradition.   ///