Re: [wmii] Inferno/Styx - why wmii is in C and is part of the Anti-Matrix

From: John Nowak <>
Date: Wed, 17 May 2006 19:26:04 -0400

On May 17, 2006, at 5:52 AM, Anselm R. Garbe wrote:

> Show me a graphics adaptor driver written in Scheme to prove its
> general purpose facilities. I don't dismiss that Scheme has its
> place, but to me it is not a general purpose language, even Java
> or C++ are much more general purpose than Scheme or that Dylan
> stuff, because they are applicable on a greater domain of
> problems.

Scheme is as general purpose as any other language. There is no
reason that you couldn't use a dialect of Scheme for systems
programming. It may not be the best tool for the job, but C is hardly
the best tool for any job either. In either case, most Schemes have a
foreign function interface, so this is never an issue.

- John
Received on Thu May 18 2006 - 01:26:15 UTC

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