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Re: Backquote history
- To: Kent M Pitman <KMP@MIT-MC.ARPA>
- Subject: Re: Backquote history
- From: masinter.pa@PARC-MAXC.ARPA
- Date: Sun ,11 Mar 84 20:36:21 EDT
- Cc: MASINTER.pa@PARC-MAXC.ARPA, LISP-FORUM@MIT-MC.ARPA, Guy.Steele@CMU-CS-A.ARPA, McDermott@YALE.ARPA, Genesereth@SU-SCORE.ARPA, Dick@MIT-OZ.ARPA, Hewitt@MIT-OZ.ARPA, GJS@MIT-OZ.ARPA
- In-reply-to: KMP@MIT-MC.ARPA's message of 11 Mar 84 16:04 EST
I'm glad to hear that we are not alone in having some arguments about
Backquote. There's been some back-and-forth about the Interlisp version,
with a variety of different opinions and implementations.
Recently, Warren Teitelman returned to me a document I had written in
1972 describing a number of features I had added to Lisp/360 at Stanford
in 1971 (with advice from Sridharan.)
Among the various packages was a backquote-like facility.
JonL had dismissed a number of my arguments as those of a "latecomer",
but he threw me out of his office when I suggested I might have even
INVENTED the idea.
It would be quite likely that this was something that Sridharan or I had
seen elsewhere, but it is also possible that this was something that
migrated out of Lisp/360, or that, being an obvious idea, it had arisen
spontaneously in a number of different contexts.
I was wondering if any of the examples you saw might pre-date 1972.