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smcclure
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Re: Use .net or lisp?

06-21-2006 05:36 AM in reply to: *David Allen
I personally think that LISP is much harder than any .NET language. I still have trouble reading LISP code. In the spirit of full disclosure, though, I must point out that I learned things "backwards", and developed in .NET, C, Java, and VB before I even touched LISP.

- Scott
*Martti Halminen
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Re: Use .net or lisp?

11-29-2006 06:57 AM in reply to: *David Allen
smcclure wrote:
> I personally think that LISP is much harder than any .NET language. I still have trouble reading LISP code. In the spirit of full disclosure, though, I must point out that I learned things "backwards", and developed in .NET, C, Java, and VB before I even touched LISP.
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> - Scott

Correctly written Lisp is quite readable, once you have some familiarity
with the language. The trick is to indent it according to the program
structure, and read it based on the indentation, not the parentheses.

In the larger Lisp culture (Common Lisp and Scheme, these days) there
are commonly agreed indentation rules; in practice, whatever the Emacs
editor does :-)

The problem here is that about 90 % of all AutoLISP code publicly
available, including most of Autodesk documentation, is not written
accoding to those rules.

So, whenever I get my hands on some AutoLISP program, the first thing I
do before even trying to understand it is to re-indent it.

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