[Chicago] Better than Python?
cstejerean at gmail.com
Fri Apr 11 23:43:10 CEST 2008
I've wanted to write something similar to ParenScript
(http://common-lisp.net/project/parenscript/) but for Python (lisp
syntax that compiles to Python). It never made it very high on my
priority list however.
On Fri, Apr 11, 2008 at 4:22 PM, John Jacobsen <john at mail.npxdesigns.com> wrote:
> I know I'll get jumped on here, and I'm not suggesting it as a
> replacement for Python, but I personally have an affection for Lisp,
> primarily because of the macro feature - that you can use the
> language itself to define new language constructs. I have not seen
> this feature in any other language (C/C++ preprocessor macros are
> laughably feeble compared to real Lisp macros). Since Lisp macros
> yield compiled code, they are often blazingly fast as well.
> Python and ancestors have already borrowed heavily from Lisp (loose
> typing, garbage collection), but having played around with Lisp, I
> miss the power of macros when writing Python (which I otherwise
> absolutely love because of the library support and readability of the
> I would like to see a language with Python's readability and library
> support, with the speed(*) and expressive power of Lisp added in.
> On Apr 11, 2008, at 2:51 PM, Mike Kramlich wrote:
> > First let me say I love Python and think it's well-designed,
> > practical, clear, flexible, chocolate-tasting, etc., and it's my
> > default language for hammering nails.
> > That out of the way, I wanted to throw out a question to the list that
> > I've been wondering about. Does anyone have their eye on any other
> > language to sort of potentially maybe one day replace Python in their
> > toolbox. I'm not interested in special-purpose tools that could outdo
> > Python in one specific area, but rather, something general enough that
> > means it could be your next big all-purpose Hammer.
> > Bonus points if it's not associated with Microsoft, and doesn't
> > require you to end code blocks with "end". :)
> > Mike Kramlich
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