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by Hannah Leitheiser

lisp python

an introduction to programming in emacs lisp

robert j. chassell




reading "an introduction to programming in emacs lisp" i find myself thinking, "well, i can do all this in python...and it's easier." in that vein, peter norvig writes, " basically, python can be seen as a dialect of lisp with "traditional" syntax"." coming from a c background, python's just more familiar, i suppose.

back in the 50's or so fortan was an attempt to do math in a way that was less annoying that assembly. lisp was for data. python largely wraps these two into one language with syntax similar to c. in my opinion, it's hard to beat python except where resources are tight, in which case it's hard to beat c/c++.