Limits of Metaprogramming

Tomasz Rola rtomek at
Mon Aug 4 18:13:45 CEST 2008

On Mon, 4 Aug 2008, Wilson wrote:

> " Every sufficiently large application has a poor/incomplete
> implementation of LISP embedded within it ".

Yep, this is either exact or very close copy of what I have read.

> I've looked at LISP
> before and do appreciate its elegance, but Python has a beauty of its
> own in its pragmatism, standard libraries and community.  So I'll
> choose to stick with it.
> I've been through quite a few of the SICP lectures and again, do
> appreciate its elegance and they have changed the way I program.
> Thanks for your comments. But I believe my solution may lie in using a
> template language such as cheetah. Too much is already invested in
> Python!
> Best Regards,
> Paul

Ok, so you do know something about Lisp - that is good :-). Of course, 
since you have already existing Python code, converting is not for you. 
Just to make sure you stay informed, there is CLPython:

I did not try this thing, but I am very pleased it exists. I have some 
Python code myself and knowing there is a way to reuse it if I choose some 
other way makes me feel better. Or rather, knowing I can easily merge the 
two (or more) ways.

Tomasz Rola

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