Shriram Krishnamurthi <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
| "Christoph Probst" <email@example.com> writes:
| > ...the programming language Scheme... Why do you use it?
| I use it to... [really great list! (omitted)]
I also use it for all kinds of little utility & one-off programs:
- Fetch stock quotes from Web pages and print *concise* text-only summaries
- Do miscellaneous financial calculations (e.g., stock option valuations)
- Periodically check a few Web pages for recent updates
- Compute ketogenic ratio from protein/carb/fat labels on foods
- Dump formatted versions of data from some GUI programs (e.g., calendar)
- Maintain/search a small people/address/phone/mail database
- Periodically grovel through SYSLOG looking for "anomalies"
- Rummage through archived mail & news
- Filter (and/or autorespond to) incoming mail
In short, things a lot of other people would use Perl for, except I can't
seem to write Perl without a manual glued to the other hand, and I certainly
can't *read* anything I've written in Perl even just a week later, much less
six months or a year later -- but I never seem to have any trouble picking up
years-old Scheme code and reading it straight off.
For me, Scheme is easy to think in, easy to write, and easy to read later.
[But as always, YMMV...]
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