20 May 2006

A little more on Lisp

I recently blogged about a simple Lisp IDE - now I'm back with more news on that topic
(why I care about Lisp? Read on...). Two more options for the motivated parenthesist:
  • Lispworks (Personal Edition) is a real IDE, great documentation. Dozens of cool features (ORB, COM/Automation, SQL integration...) - personal edition is limited to 5 hours per session, which is ok to try it out.
  • The real hands-on-feeling comes up with LispBox - you'll find emacs-based, hassle-free, out-of-the-box versions. They are companions to one of the best books I've read during the last month - Practical Common Lisp by Peter Seibel.
Why I care about the ancient language? Because its a highly productive language to develop prototypes, to explore requirements and to build mission-critical systems. And a few people got rich by using Lisp. Lisp is pretty comparable to Ruby (without the current hype, though).

And: Lisp has interstellar experience. Ruby doesn't.
Expect more on Lisp in the near future :-)


Stefan Tilkov said...

One word: DrScheme.

Michael said...

I really like this posting. It is my personal experience that knowing languages such as Lisp is helpful even nowadays. I have referenced your cool article in http://stal.blogspot.com/2006/06/lisp-again.html

-- Michael