Hi David, Am Dienstag, 18. November 2014, 22:28:11 schrieb David A. Wheeler: > > It comes down to personal preferences: The weight we give to different > > aesthetic aspects of programming languages. For me, the syntactic > > simplicity is one of the main selling points of lisp and scheme, and > > sweet departs from that by adding more than the absolute minimum of > > the required syntax elements for creating a general, indentation-based > > representation of scheme-code. > > Neither Scheme nor Common Lisp are so simple to parse once you > consider their full generality (e.g., number types).
That hit me with the pure preprocessor… one of the reasons why I switched to using (read) was that I had some longstanding parsing bugs for which I did not have obvious fixes. But that doesn’t mean that the syntax is very complex, just that there are lots of details to take care of. If you hit # a special form begins, strings have some escaping, and otherwise there are the quotes. But maybe my view is a bit biased, because I compare it to Python, Java and C++. Especially C++ ☺ > > Best wishes, > You too! I view this as a friendly competition. > We both agree that there's a need for a Lisp syntax that is > general and homoiconic, and that indentation can help. > We differ on how to best exploit that, that's all. That’s how I see it, too - and we’re also using similar resources (like GNU Guile). On the long run I hope that having two different flavors will help indentation-based syntax for Lisps, because it shows that it’s not just a personal pet-project but rather something of broader appeal. And for example today Mu Lei (Nala Ginrut) had the idea of representing sxml templates as wisp - a case where I think the sweet <* *> syntax could come in really handy. > Thanks. Thank you! Without you I likely would have never been able to reach the point where I can actually write wisp code in the REPL and execute wisp files directly from guile! It’s crazy to think that nowadays it’s actually possible to do guile -L . --language=wisp tests/factorial.w and have guile execute the file as real code. I guess you know the feeling ☺ - Arne -- 1w6 sie zu achten, sie alle zu finden, in Spiele zu leiten und sacht zu verbinden. → http://1w6.org
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