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Ehud Lamm - A Language Community?  blueArrow
9/14/2000; 8:47:47 AM (reads: 593, responses: 0)
A Language Community?
I found this paper by Kent Pitman (of the Lisp HyperSpec fame), and thought you might enjoy it. It starts like this:

I learned Lisp as merely a programming language.

But as I watched, it began to evolve. And I came to view it more as a space of languages, unified by a set of common design principles--a terrain upon which one could move freely among certain camps and still be within the warm and friendly confines of a larger community called Lisp.

Lately, however, that terrain seems rougher than I once had thought--perhaps indeed rougher than it once actually was. Some of the camps have fallen away, while others have thrived. The paths among them seem less simple to navigate. And always I am acutely aware of the distances along these paths, for it is those distances that have created the political divisions among us which I deal with day-to-day in my work on language standards.

In this article, I will survey the landscape claimed by the Lisp Community in an attempt to identify the issues that divide us, the issues that unite us, and why it all matters.
Posted to "" by Ehud Lamm on 9/14/00; 8:48:13 AM