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COMMON LISP is the PL/I of LISPs
Date: 3 Mar 1986 15:37 EST (Mon)
From: "Stewart M. Clamen" <SMC%OZ.AI.MIT.EDU@XX.LCS.MIT.EDU>
From: Seth Steinberg <sas at BBN-VAX.ARPA>
To: scheme at mit-mc.ARPA
Re: COMMON LISP is the PL/I of LISPs
Actually, I think COMMON LISP will do better than PL/I did as a usable
standard. Personally I think Scheme is the APL of LISPs. It's great
for writing clever, unreadable hacks. Actually, the analogy could go:
I take exception to that. Unlike APL, Scheme uses the popular set of
characters known as ASCII, which is a superset of the English
characters, and is therefore quite readable.
I believe that the APL character set is also a superset of "English"
characters, except for not having lower case, which shouldn't matter.