Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Crazy person thinks ``Lisp sucks''

In this post, a person going by the initials CC declares:
There's a good reason almost no software has been written in lisp. Lisp sucks. Not just lisp, but the whole way the logic is arranged as nested things. The simplest problem becomes a mind-bending puzzle.
Instead of easy to understand:
if (a equals b) { 
  c = not d; 
} else { 
  c = d + b; 
}
You have this nested inner to outer logic where if is a function.
c = if(equals(a,b), not(d), plus(d,b)) 
The first is definitely more readible [sic] and it reads like we think of the logic. No one thinks of if as a function that takes three arguments, and forcing you to work that way just makes you crazy.
I suppose it is futile to argue with an admittedly crazy person, but perhaps being forced to work with conditionals has made me crazy as well. A closer translation of the original code would be this:
(if (equals a b)
    (setq c (not d))
    (setq c (+ d b)))
If these sorts of differences are a ``mind-bending puzzle'', perhaps the author should consider a career in the housekeeping or food-service industries.
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