Benefits of moving from Python to Common Lisp?
anisotropy9 at hotmail.com
Thu Nov 15 13:40:04 CET 2001
> However a lot of programs spend a lot of time doing stuff where
> the typechecking overhead seems to be in the noise. Anything
> that's building and manipulating large complex data structures
is > probably spending a lot of its time chasing pointers and
worrying > much more about cache misses and so on than exact details
of > types.
I would agree and make the general point that the lack of enforced
static-typing, in any project that is a worth doing, is a *boon*.
The enforced micro-optimisation and related bugs, security holes and
so on of *forcing* type declaration makes wonder about the need for
The Graham quote along the lines of how lisp is two languages: a
language for writing programs quickly and quick language for writing
programs, springs to mind.
> ...We might not have found the big problems of course, but
really, > it looks like type declarations don't help
here much at all...
...if type declarations is not helping at this point then either you
live with it, or you need a new algorithm ;)
 although subject to change at moments whim.
 since this is c.l.l. I'm sure that somebody will correct me ;)
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