The Importance of Terminology's Quality

Jon Harrop jon at
Thu Jun 5 12:37:48 CEST 2008

Robert Maas, wrote:
>> From: dkco... at (David Combs)
>> Lisp is *so* early a language (1960?), preceeded mainly only by
>> Fortran (1957?)?, and for sure the far-and-away the first as a
>> platform for *so many* concepts of computer-science, eg lexical vs
>> dynamic ("special") variables, passing *unnamed* functions as
>> args ... maybe is still the only one in which program and data
>> have the same representation -- that it'd seem logical to use it's
>> terminology in all languages.
> Yeah, but why did you cross-post to so many newsgroups? Are you
> trying to run a flame war between advocates of the various
> languages?

What would be the point? We all know that Java, Perl, Python and Lisp suck.
They don't even have pattern matching over algebraic sum types if you can
imagine that. How rudimentary...

Dr Jon D Harrop, Flying Frog Consultancy

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