2009-03-05

what's your favorite lisp

2009-03-05

Continued from
http://xahlee.org/UnixResource_dir/writ/whats_your_fav_lisp.html


On Mar 5, 12:43 am, Javier wrote:
> Interesting.
> Do you actually consider yourself an Emacs expert?

Using emacs daily, pretty much whole day, since about late 1998. Learning & coding elisp on and off seriously, since 2006. Written many text processing scripts, a major mode, and written a book on emacs and elisp.

• Emacs xlsl-mode for Linden Scripting Language
http://xahlee.org/sl/ls-emacs.html

• Xah's Emacs Tutorial
http://xahlee.org/emacs/emacs.html

I am a emacs expert. I'm also a elisp expert in the context of programing industry. But when compared to dedicated emacs developers, i'm rather a beginner. For example, some corners of elisp i still don't understand quite well: its display mechanism, faces, overlay, windows and frames, key mapping and events complexities.

>> For example, i consider emacs lisp, more powerful than Perl, as a text
>> processing language,
>
>Oh, I think no people has ever done any comparative of these two
>languages. Are you preparing a more in deep comparative or
>something like that? I truly would like to read your expert
>opinion, ...

See:

• Text Processing: Elisp vs Perl
http://xahlee.org/emacs/elisp_text_processing_lang.html

> Do you think Emacs Lisp is probably the most functional Lisp of
> all the Lisps? What are your experiences with those languages?
> As I see your page, have you done any study on this phenomena?
> Do you have any ideas on how to achieve that elegance?

you have also lots of one-sentence questions. You will find some answers here:

http://xahlee.org/emacs/emacs_essays_index.html

which is a index page of collection of essays related to emacs. About 15 of them, are related to lisp in general. Each page usually has “Related Essays” links at the bottom that takes you to other essays on the topic, giving you more detail, or covering other aspects.

I recommend to start with the following, more quality ones:

• Fundamental Problems of Lisp
http://xahlee.org/UnixResource_dir/writ/lisp_problems.html

• The Concepts and Confusions of Prefix, Infix, Postfix and Fully Nested Notations
http://xahlee.org/UnixResource_dir/writ/notations.html

• What are OOP's Jargons and Complexities
http://xahlee.org/Periodic_dosage_dir/t2/oop.html

> Thanks for your nice opinion.

Thank you. I enjoy teaching.

Xah
∑ http://xahlee.org/

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