Re: [dev] [OT]: Go programming language

From: Aled Gest <>
Date: Thu, 12 Nov 2009 02:49:52 +0000

2009/11/11 Antoni Grzymala <>:
> Looks like you didn't give more than half a minute's time, to see what
> Lisp's syntax (or rather the lack of it) is actually about. Your hopes
> are vain.

It doesn't take long to judge clarity. Perhaps experience is a
critical factor but to me it seems a lot easier to quickly glance over
well written C code and be able to tell what's going on than a chunk
of Lisp.

2009/11/11 markus schnalke <>:
> I assume now even more, you never came much in contact with Lisp.
> Laughing on the parens is what many people do -- ones who never
> recognized the conceptual elegance of the Lisp syntax.

You're right, I don't see the elegance of Lisp. Perhaps if you can
explain the merits that outweigh the cumbersome syntax you might stand
a better chance of convincing me otherwise.

> I am one of the C folks too, but I learned about Lisp. Its syntax is
> based on such a simple concept, that it can not be anything else than
> clean.

As far as I can tell, Lisp's primary features are that everything is a
list and that logic/arithmetic is specified in polish notation. TCL
has a similar concept with lists but in my mind has a nicer syntax.

> Please, first understand the concepts of the Lisp syntax and ignore
> your habits, then tell again there is no cleaner syntax than C's.

To be fair I never said "there is no cleaner syntax than C", what I
said was "It's the cleanest and most logical syntax I've come across
so far.", and I stand by that.

If there's anything special about the Lisp syntax that makes it
elegant, it's not immediately obvious to me so you're going to have to
point it out.
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