Using Lisp to beat your Competition

Andrew Maizels andrew at
Wed May 2 18:23:16 EDT 2001

Cameron Laird wrote:
> In article <3AF01D77.27AC4D3 at>,
> Andrew Maizels  <andrew at> wrote:
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> >languages (Java, C, C++).  It isn't a "silver bullet", but it can speed
> >up the development process as much as 5 times.
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> That's the narrow-sense development process, where
> employed programmers only spend ten hours a week of
> their time anyway.  The rest goes to figuring out
> hardware failures, planning lunch destinations,
> tracking down what happened to all the bandwidth
> someone just ordered, learning about the latest
> corporate reorganization, ...

Yes and no.  If those 10 hours of actual coding now produce 50 hours
worth of results, overall productivity goes up by a factor of five
anyway (measured in terms of LOC, function points, whatever).  I've seen
that happen. 

On the other hand, if the programmer now spends 2 hours per week coding
and an extra 8 hours vacuuming the cat, it doesn't help so much.  I've
seen this happen too.

There's only one game in town.
You can't win.
You can't break even.
You can't quit the game.		-- The four laws of thermodynamics.

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