Python syntax in Lisp and Scheme
spam at thalassa.informatimago.com
Thu Oct 9 18:17:07 CEST 2003
"Andrew Dalke" <adalke at mindspring.com> writes:
> That to me is a solid case of post hoc ergo proper. The
> words "1st" and "rst" are equally as short and easier to
> memorize. And if terseness were very important, then
> what about using "." for car and ">" for cdr? No, the reason
> is that that's the way it started and it will stay that way
> because of network effects -- is that a solid engineering
> reason? Well, it depends, but my guess is that he wouldn't
> weight strongly the impact of social behaviours as part of
> good engineering. I do.
Right, network effect. And attachment to historic heritage. C has B
and "Hello World!". COBOL has real bugs pined in log books. Lisp has
704' CAR and CDR.
Do not adjust your mind, there is a fault in reality.
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