Subject: Re: Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Encyclopedia
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2001 17:59:40 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
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* "Coby Beck" <>
| Like Barry said, that description is a widely held belief.

  Regardless of how widely held the belief, describing _languages_ as
  requring large memory space and executing programs slowly is very low
  quality craftsmanship from a CS professional.  Any CS professional worth
  his salt knows that languages, and especially members of the Lisp family
  past and present, are implemented in many different ways on differnt
  kinds of computers that make such a blanket generalization embarrassing.

| I don't "blame" them at all for echoing an "expert" what else can they
| realistically do?

  They could think a little bit about what it means for a language to take
  up memory space.  It is a very sloppy way to write what they had in mind,
  even to someone who does not know that much about computers and languages.

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