Subject: Re: macros vs HOFs (was: O'Caml)
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 11 Sep 2002 00:19:44 +0000
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
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* Thomas F. Burdick
| You do realize that type inferencing is *allowed* in Lisp, right?

  Seriously, do you think you are talking to an intelligent person who is
  interested in listening to anybody when that is the kind of problems he
  comes up with?  The troll detector should go off pretty loudly with such
  moronic comments as you are trying to counter with facts and intelligent
  communication.  Trolls are not after either.  They are emotional beings who
  need emotional answers.  The poor sap from the storngly-typed language camp
  needs /reassurance/ that his incompetence at programming does not hurt him.
  Give him a language without strong typing and he fears he will hurt himself,
  which he will because the incredible complexity of the type system that he
  needed the compiler to figure out for him has left him completely unable to
  think in types on his own, like a kid who always used a calculator will not
  be able to do simple arithmetic in his head.  It is not that it is difficult
  -- it is merely that these people have never even had to do it manually, so
  they have no idea how simple it really is to those who know how to do it.

Erik Naggum, Oslo, Norway

Act from reason, and failure makes you rethink and study harder.
Act from faith, and failure makes you blame someone and push harder.