mwh21 at cam.ac.uk
Fri Nov 26 15:59:02 EST 1999
Gareth McCaughan <Gareth.McCaughan at pobox.com> writes:
> Markus Stenberg wrote:
> > I have always found lisp-ish syntax of "masses of ()s" disconcerting in
> > large amounts - admittedly, I've written more than few lines of
> > [ce]lisp/scheme/.., but never enjoyed browsing the results very much. I
> > consider Dylan to be "readable" clisp.
> One quickly gets used to Lisp syntax. Like using indentation to
> denote block structure. :-) After a while, you just stop noticing
> all those parentheses.
This leads to a thought: would it be possible using lisp's silly
amount of flexibility to get the reader to auto-paranthesize (word?
defun our-member (obj lst)
if null lst
if eql (car lst) obj
our-member obj (car lst)
based on indentation, as
(defun our-member (obj lst)
(if (null lst)
(if (eql (car lst) obj)
(our-member obj (car lst)))))
or is whitespace ignorance built-in?
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