Chris Sonnack's Road to Lisp
The Road to Lisp Survey: I'm Chris Sonnack. I've been programming since '79 and paid for it since '88 or so (happened gradually...did a little app for the job, that gave me visibility for other requests, and eventually it lead to a formal position).

What led you to try Lisp?
A recent (forgotten) discussion on comp.programing lead me to once again think, "Hmmm... Lisp.... Wonder what that's all about."

So I went looking for a download, found LispWorks and spent a very intense weekend working through a tutorial I found in parallel with CLtL and the Hyperspec.

By the end of the weekend, I'd created my first Lisp app: that old standard, the game MasterMind.

How far have you gotten in your study of Lisp?

I'm working through OnLisp (which I think I'll need to re-read after I know the language better...seems to require a good knowledge of Lisp functions) and a few other papers I've picked up.

What do you think of Lisp so far?

Love at first keypress! No other language has caused me to laugh out loud... from sheer delight. "You can do THAT?? COOL!!"

Just recently started looking into CLOS and--so far--I'm extremely underwhelmed by Lisp's kludgy, tacked on OOP system. Might change my mind once I learn more about it, but so far ... not impressed.

Switch Date 2003
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