Lisp development with macros faster than Python development?..

Scott David Daniels Scott.Daniels at Acm.Org
Wed Jul 6 23:14:58 CEST 2005


François Pinard wrote:
> My feeling at the time was that Scheme is a very fast language to write
> into, and in which one can implement new concepts cleanly and compactly.
> Maybe Python is a bit slower to write, but this is compensated by the
> fact Python is more legible when it comes to later maintenance, or when
> many people have to share work on a big set of sources.
> 
> There is some heaviness and complexity in Python internals, Scheme are
> purer and simpler by comparison.  On its bright side, Python has a nice
> and comprehensive library, and an interesting community of users.  These
> probably make most of the difference.

Well said. Writing speed is not everything; if it is, APL and Scheme
win (and the evil Perl for string processing).

--Scott David Daniels
Scott.Daniels at Acm.Org



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