What's better about Ruby than Python?

Kenny Tilton ktilton at nyc.rr.com
Thu Aug 21 23:58:46 CEST 2003

Andrew Dalke wrote:
> Maybe.  But look for previous posts of mine on c.l.py to see that
> my previous attempts at learning Lisp have met dead ends.  I know
> how it's supposed to work, but haven't been able to convert what
> I see on a page into something in my head.

It's funny you say that. Someone is dropping by shortly to help me get 
up to speed on Linux, and I am helping him with Lisp. But the last email 
from him said he had been reading Winston&Horn since my talk on Sunday 
(which apparently got him off the same "don't-get-it" square you're on) 
and he now says he has no idea why he did not get it before.

I wonder if the (funny (syntax)) makes people think there is more there 
than there is. Even in C I code functionally:

     this( that( x), then (y))

so I do not think it is the functional thang.

> BTW, I'm afraid I'm about at the end of my limits for this thread.
> I'll only be able to do small followups.

OK. I might be tossing off a fun demo of my C? jobbies for my talk at 
the upcoming Lisp conference in New York:


Maybe I'll preview it here. That might help us understand each other 
better it.


  kenny tilton
  clinisys, inc
"Career highlights? I had two. I got an intentional walk from
Sandy Koufax and I got out of a rundown against the Mets."
                                                  -- Bob Uecker

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