Choosing a programming language as a competitive tool

Douglas Alan nessus at
Mon May 7 04:32:27 EDT 2001

Michael Hudson <mwh at> writes:

> I think many of the apparent similarities of Lisp (most any dialect)
> and Python could be explained by the fact that they are both
> dynamic, interactive languages, and once you're doing that, there's
> likely to be a certain amount of convergent evolution.

There's nothing "convergent" about it.  Lisp was invented in the late
1950's, and Python was invented 30 years later.  The reason that
Python is very similar to Lisp in a lot of ways is because many of the
the ideas come from Lisp.  If not directly, then via Smalltalk, or any
of the multitude of other programming languages that Lisp has had a
profound effect upon.


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