Subject: Re: Standard Lisp and how Franz Lisp changed the world ... ;-)
From: (Rob Warnock)
Date: Wed, 23 Oct 2002 03:23:56 -0500
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
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Jeff Dalton  <> wrote:
| There was a time when many individuals and groups implemented their
| Lisp, used "in house".  Some of these were sybstantial systems with
| a compiler and documentation.  Almost all have now been forgotten,
| except by those involved.
| The typical approach back then was to invent your own dialect, taking
| ideas from whatever other Lisps you knew about and found interesting.
| So there was plenty of room for something like Standard Lisp to be
| useful - if anyone wanted to have portable code.  However, the
| attraction of having and using your own Lisp - a Lisp not confined to
| the rather limited features of Standard Lisp - was usually greater.

Oh, you mean like Scheme is today?  ;-}  ;-}

[ he rapidly ducks the expected flames. But the description was
just *too* spot-on to ignore.]

| What we might say now is that it should have been a more ambitious
| standard (thus more attractive as a language) and have had a
| "reference implementation".



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