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Re: What's so cool about Scheme?

On Monday, June 2, 2003, at 11:48 PM, Mike Newhall wrote:
> 	The general idea is simply that the bundle of ideas represented by 
> the design of the LISP family of languages is important, but seems to 
> have no name.  Other languages also possess many of the same qualities 
> of LISP and Scheme.  These languages are often labeled 'functional'; 
> perhaps the whole 'functional programming languages' field should 
> bifurcate into *true* functional languages and those that have the 
> 'LISP quality', whatever people want to call it.

I agree with what you're getting at but would add that code-as-data and 
dynamic features including dynamic typing are just as at home with OO 
languages and not unique or any better suited (IFAICS) to functional 
flavored languages like LISP.

Io, a small language: http://www.iolanguage.com/