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Re: Of diamonds and mud:
- To: SHRAGE at WHARTON-10 (Jeffrey Shrager)
- Subject: Re: Of diamonds and mud:
- From: Guy.Steele at CMU-10A
- Date: Tue ,11 Nov 80 15:30:00 EDT
- Cc: lisp-forum at MIT-MC
Here's another paraphrase:
"APL is like a diamond. You can add more diamonds... but unfortunately
to get the several diamonds to stick together you need goop, which messes
them all up. LISP is mud, and using mud to stick together mud at
least preserves the homogeneity of the language."
[Case in point: files can be regarded as large arrays of characters.
But the file facilities of most APL systems don't treat them that way at all.]