How security holes happen
steve+comp.lang.python at pearwood.info
Wed Mar 5 16:47:40 CET 2014
On Wed, 05 Mar 2014 00:48:40 +0200, Marko Rauhamaa wrote:
> Ethan Furman <ethan at stoneleaf.us>:
>> Okay, that looks totally cool. Maybe I'll finally get a handle on LISP!
> Lisp is conceptually simpler than Python, but awe-inspiring. One day, it
> will overtake Python, I believe.
That day was 25 years ago. According to the long-term TIOBE index, 25
years ago Lisp was the second most popular programming language in the
world, behind only C.
I don't think Lisp has gotten easier, or the average programmer smarter,
since then. The average programmer has difficulty with while loops, do
you really think that someday they'll grok lambda calculus? *wink*
Seriously, Lisp is not only one of the oldest high-level languages
around, being almost as old as Fortran and Cobol, but it was one of the
biggest languages of the 1970s and even into the 80s. Companies spent
millions developing, and using, Lisp compilers. There were even Lisp
machines, actual hardware machines not virtual, where the CPU could
execute Lisp instructions directly in hardware.
It did not last. It's not that the computer industry hasn't discovered
Lisp, it is that they discovered it, gave it a solid workout for 20
years, and then said "Nope, this isn't for us."
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