A Tangential Discourse on Lisp and the Lineage of Languages

Bryan Sant bryan.sant at gmail.com
Sat Mar 11 19:09:27 MST 2006


On 3/11/06, Levi Pearson <levi at cold.org> wrote:
> Incidentally, Lisp has had native-code compilers since 1962, and
> incremental ones at that, which let you intermix interpreted and
> compiled code.  Some implementations of Common Lisp today provide no
> interpreter at all, and simply compile every expression you give it
> before executing it.  Having been used for so many years on hardware
> far less powerful than today's, it has very mature and sophisticated
> optimizing compilers.  So, for dynamic applications that require a
> lot of indirection and reflection, Lisp provides excellent
> performance and unparalleled flexibility.

Sounds great.  So when do we get to see the solution to Sasha's
dictionary problem implemented in Lisp?  I'm dying to see the result.

-Bryan



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