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Re: why tail recursion matters and why Java isn't it, was Re: lisp performance was Re: problems with lisp

Guy Steele - Sun Microsystems Labs <Guy.Steele@sun.com> writes:
> P.S. Yes, per Pascal Costanza, Common Lisp with proper tail
> recursion and call/cc WOULD be a better language.

Quick question -- was the decision to make CL have separate function
and variable bindings mostly for compatibility with mac lisp and lisp
machine lisp, or was it something deeper philosophically? I find
scheme's lisp 1 semantics almost always more comprehensible and easier
to use...

Perry E. Metzger		perry@piermont.com