Thursday, July 3, 2008

Mark Stock's Road to Lisp -- Not

I, Mark Stock, do solemnly offer these my responses to The Road to Lisp Survey:

When did you first try Lisp seriously, and which Lisp family member was it?

I did not try Lisp seriously. I couldn't get any available family members to compile or run.

Many of us had multiple run-ins with Lisp before it "stuck". The "stick" date is of most interest, but you can share earlier encounters if you like.

What led you to try Lisp?

Someone once said that I should try Lisp. But, trying is lying. As Yoda says: "Do, or do not. There is no 'try.'"

What other languages have you been using most?

C, Basic, assembler, HyperTalk, machete

How far have you gotten in your study of Lisp?
I know this is hard to quantify. Just wing it.

I am still blocked by the sight of all of those brackets. Emacs makes me go totally numb.

What do you think of Lisp so far?

I like the meta-circular thing. I've always thought about code and data in the same bucket despite any rules to the contrary.

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