Ward H.

Location:

Austin, TX

Member since:

May 31, 2014

What interests you in Lisp

From the smallest pieces, one can create incredibly complicated and extensible code. The Lisp programming language is not like any other language I've come across. It can be used for tiny, script-like processes, or to hold together, even expand, a massive database; the scalability of it amazes me. The fact that it can be either used as a run-time or compiled language makes it that much more impressive to me. I am also impressed by the flexibility of local functions. I only know Common Lisp, but in CL, the DEFUN() primitive is the basis of many useful on the fly adaptations.

Have you programmed in any Lisp based language before?

I have dabbled in Common Lisp using the clisp interpreter, attempted a little emacs lisp but found neither that dialect nor the emacs environment to my liking, and tried to run SBCL on an old Windows computer; this caused a core dump and i thought it best to leave it be.

Strong typing or dynamic typing?

Dynamic when prototyping, static when creating a reusable process or program.

Have you heard of Multi-methods?

Not until now, in all honesty. It seems like multiprocessing for certain types of Lisp.

Relational, Object Oriented, Graph, Network, Hierarchical databases. Which is your favorite and why?

Relational; i prefer things to have pointers to other things and also prefer the model of relations, tables folded into tables.

Introduction

I am a 33-year-old aspiring hacker who has light experience with coding but wants much more. I prefer relational languages like Lisp or SQL, and would like to become proficient in both.


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