UT Lisp Users Group?
torriem at chem.byu.edu
Wed Jul 13 11:36:55 MDT 2005
On Wed, 2005-07-13 at 10:42 -0600, Bryan Sant wrote:
> Translation of Paul Graham's rant:
Nah. What he really means is blasters are such crude weapons.
I think is point is also that when all you have or know how to use is a
hammer, everything becomes a nail. Not productive. One should know a
variety of tools and use the best one for the job. If you read his
article, he says that Lisp was the right tool for the job for
significant parts of his project, but not all. C and perl were used
pretty extensively as well.
It's also pretty typical that Yahoo, after buying them out,
reimplemented the whole thing in C++, which meant basically writing a
lisp interpreter. Those who don't understand something are doomed to
reimplement it, poorly. It's always sad to see something that is really
elegant fall into someone else's hands who doesn't understand it, and
then they pull out their hammer and proceed to turn it into a nail.
Michael Torrie <torriem at chem.byu.edu>
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