Why aren't we all speaking LISP now?

Neil Schemenauer nas at python.ca
Sat May 12 20:26:09 CEST 2001


Grant Edwards wrote:
> On Sat, 12 May 2001 16:35:51 GMT, Courageous <jkraska1 at san.rr.com> wrote:
> >
> >>  1. Python doesn't have tail-recursion (AFAIK).
> >
> >Too many people have taken a lisp class and think that
> >recursion matters all that much to lisp programmers. Not so.
> 
> Really?  Almost all of the Scheme programs I've written use
> tail-recursion.

Common Lisp is quite different than Scheme.  I think Python is
usually compared to Common Lisp, not Scheme.  Common Lisp
programmers use iteration a lot more than tail recursion.  Common
Lisp's object system is very mature.  There is no standard object
system for Scheme.

  Neil




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