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Re: what is the problem?
> I have often wondered where Lisp fit into Python's
> I ask because Kevin suggested that Python is a cleaned
> up Perl
He was guessing, and so are you.
"ABC would be much more useful if it wasn't so tightly
integrated with the development environment. And
Modula-3 is a really cool language."
> Lisp syntax is scary and CL and Scheme have no libraries.
Dream on ;-)
I don't know what influenced the ABC designers, but they
probably *knew* about Lisp. And dozens of other languages
(Python looks a bit like SETL, don't you think?).
But their goal was to create a language that anyone could
learn in very little time -- "a good replacement for BASIC".
And most importantly, they did extensive user testing (done
by CHI professionals, not computer scientists). To quote
"We did requirements and task analysis, iterative
design, and user testing. You'd almost think pro-
gramming languages were an interface between
people and computers"