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Lightweight Languages Workshop (DDJ Article)
I found this on Dr. Dobb's current Website:
It menions Dylan in passing, along with Jonathan Bacharach's Proto.
After reporting complaints about languages such as Java and Perl 6
re-inventing the wheel, the article mentions a talk by Paul Graham:
"...one of his requirements is that the language be fast. One of his
colleagues had remarked that with Lisp, it was hard to tell whether the
code was expensive. Graham responded that this was really the role of a
profiler, not the language itself. However, to be complete, Arc would
have to have a profiler..."
IIRC this isn't the case with modern Lisp if-you-know-what-you're-doing,
but it is made explicit with Dylan's type constraints and sealed/open
dynamism control. Fun-Dev's optimization syntax colouring makes this
easy to learn and manage. Dylan's built-in support for optimization
still seems to be an advanced feature and, despite predictions, has not
lost its relevance for the simple reason that demand for ever increasing
processor power has more than kept up with the supply.