Lisp development with macros faster than Python development?..

Terry Reedy tjreedy at
Thu Jul 7 22:12:01 CEST 2005

"jayessay" <nospam at> wrote in message 
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> 1. Someone recently remarked that good Lisp macros are basically
>   executable pseudo code.  I think that is pretty much exactly right
>   and is a pretty good "sound bite" distillation of what it is all
>   about.

Several years ago  I remarked that Python reads like executable pseudocode. 
I still think that that is pretty much right.

Googling, I discovered that the creators of some thing I had never heard of 
said the same thing about *their* language a couple of years ago.  I wish 
web pages, like newgroup posts, were dated so one could better trace the 
history of such usages.

Terry J. Reedy 

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