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Posted by diegoeskryptic [send private reply] at July 26, 2002, 06:14:05 PM

I know that LISP is a pretty old programming language... I am interested in learing it.... however I would like to know if it is still used... and if so what for... THANX

Posted by unknown_lamer [send private reply] at July 26, 2002, 08:17:58 PM

It's Lisp, not LISP (it was originally LISP but Lisp looked better so...). Lisp itself is not longer used (if you mean Lisp 1.5), but many dialects are (e.g. Common-Lisp and Scheme). When most people say Lisp they mean Common-Lisp, since it is, well the Common Lisp implementation (users of many different Lisp systems influenced its design). I personally don't like Common-Lisp much and prefer Scheme because it has more syntatic regularity. Scheme is mostly used for academic purposes (e.g. first semester programming course), but has a few other uses (using mod_guile I'm working on writing a set of modules for Guile Scheme that will allow it to be used for web programming). Common-Lisp is used by a lot of large-scale systems. http://franz.com (a commercial/proprietary Lisp vendor) has a nice section on the uses of Common-Lisp.

Posted by CodeRed [send private reply] at July 27, 2002, 12:42:19 AM

Bite your lip really hard

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