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Re: (Lisp is Crisp!)^4
>Organization: University of Michigan EECS Dept. Ann Arbor
In article <1409@mind.UUCP> apoorva@mind.UUCP (Apoorva Muralidhara) writes:
>Any fellow applicativists out there?
> --Apoorva/Applicativist Revolutionary Underground
>[Death to the side effects!]
Applicativity has its advantages, but it needs
1) a more humanly-comprehensible syntax than LISP; Miranda (TM) is excellent
in this respect, but the (TM) will probably doom it, as apparently was the
case with COMIT (TM).
2) Some syntactic means for preventing argumentsfrom getting unreadably
numerous just to pass something down to where it's finally used.
3) a public domain portable optimizing implementation (though all three of
these attributes together is perhaps too much to hope for.) The thing
that made Pascal fly was the availability of the Zurich P-compiler
initially, then Turbo. What the world needs now is GNU Miranda or (ok,
I'll be more reasonable) GNU ML. (Richard is probably too busy, though...)
-David West email@example.com
[Nested parentheses - just say no]