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Posted by: Anonymous [ip:] on April 04, 2008 07:54 PM
Wow. I guess that's called stirring the pot! I wrote this article not because I think Scheme is the greatest thing since sliced bread (although it might well be), but for exactly the reasons given: some very powerful apps, of which I mentioned only two, use Lisp/Scheme as a scripting language, and I felt underprivileged for always having to ask for help from someone less ignorant than I about programming in this class of language. It occurred to me that I might not be alone.

I will not engage in the "Scheme is better than Java" debate any more than I would take seriously any carpenter who spent his energy debating whether a hammer is better than a handsaw. And like a carpenter, I view my life as a programmer as one who collects tools, learns how and when to use them, and keeps them in proper working order. Now I can look down at my toolbelt and see Lisp/Scheme hanging there along with Java, C++, and Perl (not to mention the 20-30 others that I can dust off and use as needed).

Thanks to all of you for making my first article so entertaining!


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