Subject: Re: SBCL is now faster than Java, as fast as Ocaml, and getting better
From: (Rob Warnock)
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2008 20:34:51 -0500
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
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Kenny  <> wrote:
| Kenny wrote:
| > ...some wise soul pointed out:
| > "First principles are Good Things. In Lisp, every form returns a value. 
| > That first principle works great. This despite Tilton's Law of 
| > Programming: All X all the time is the root of all evil."
| > Still working on how I can talk myself out of that one.
| I got it! Every form returning a value is necessary for us to have the 
| functional paradigm /available/ to us, and it is a fine paradigm, we 
| just do not want to be enslaved to never changing state.

And it is precisely this lack of "enslavement" which motivated
CL to *silently ignore* excess return values and provide NIL
for excess caller requests for them, whereas the Scheme standards
[and most Scheme implementations] blow chunks at any caller/callee
mismatch on number of values.

Liberty vs. safety. No brainer! I pick liberty!


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