Lisp development with macros faster than Python development?..

Robert Kern rkern at
Thu Jul 7 22:22:11 CEST 2005

Terry Reedy wrote:
> "jayessay" <nospam at> wrote in message 
> news:m3r7ebvomy.fsf at
>>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.

Trawling through might help.

Robert Kern
rkern at

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