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From: Douglas McIlroy <douglas.mcilroy@dartmouth.edu>
To: TUHS main list <tuhs@minnie.tuhs.org>
Subject: Re: [TUHS] roff(7) [ and other related stuff ]
Date: Sat, 1 Jan 2022 23:10:49 -0500	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <CAKH6PiWJuAXNfpOwzs_ycYeFEEF+ezvF1mAw03fBAFA55zjf0A@mail.gmail.com> (raw)

> Lisp, _that's_ elegant.

The machine shines through Lisp even more brightly than it does
through C. Lisp attains incredible power from a tiny base: car, cdr,
cons, cond, T, F, null, lambda, def, exuding elegance that survives
even in a raging sea of parentheses.

For Lisp-friendly applications nowadays, I prefer Haskell, which is
much further away from the machine. Haskell code approaches--and
sometimes surpasses--the cleanliness of good mathematical notation.
For string processing, I remember Snobol 3 with great fondness.

But for everyday work with arrays and numbers, C is the workhorse.
Still, I wish that C would evaluate comma expressions in parallel
rather than in series, as in (a,b) = (b,a).

Doug

             reply	other threads:[~2022-01-02  4:11 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 13+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2022-01-02  4:10 Douglas McIlroy [this message]
  -- strict thread matches above, loose matches on Subject: below --
2022-01-02  4:02 Noel Chiappa
2022-01-02 10:46 ` markus schnalke
2021-12-31 15:47 [TUHS] roff(7) Douglas McIlroy
2021-12-31 23:07 ` George Michaelson
2021-12-31 23:40   ` Larry McVoy
2022-01-01 20:00     ` [TUHS] roff(7) [ and other related stuff ] Jon Steinhart
2022-01-02  0:12       ` Larry McVoy
2022-01-02  1:04         ` John Cowan
2022-01-02  1:20           ` Larry McVoy
2022-01-02  1:47             ` Steve Nickolas
2022-01-02  2:12               ` Larry McVoy
2022-01-02  3:56               ` Jon Steinhart
2022-01-02  1:48             ` Jon Steinhart
2022-01-02  3:04             ` John Cowan
2022-01-02  3:30               ` Warner Losh

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