Subject: Re: merits of Lisp vs Python
From: (Rob Warnock)
Date: Sat, 09 Dec 2006 22:27:25 -0600
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp,comp.lang.python
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Aahz <> wrote:
| Paul Rubin  <> wrote:
| >I think an editing program that balances parens automatically is near
| >indispensible for writing Lisp code.  I can't stand writing Lisp
| >without Emacs.
| And that is why I will never write Lisp.  I loathe Emacs.

An appropriate version of "Vi" is sufficient. I prefer "nvi-1.79",
but have found that the "vim" at work is also adequate. Either will:

1. Flash matching parens on insert; jump back & forth between matching
   parens on command ("%").

2. Deal with S-exprs as "objects" for shifting left/right, copying,
   deleting, or pasting. [The shifting works best when you gloablly
   "set sw=1" and then use "." to repeat the last shift.]

3. Minimal auto-indent, but "good enough" for my purposes [given #2].

That's pretty much all you need to code in Lisp. It's what *I* use.
So "I loathe Emacs" is *NOT* a believable excuse for avoiding Lisp...


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