When did you first try Lisp (meaning here and throughout the survey "any member of the Lisp family") seriously, and which Lisp family member was it?
April 2002, first with JScheme, then CLisp, currently more with Franz Allegro
What led you to try Lisp?
I heard Patrick Logan speak at a conference about building web services with Scheme, which sounded interesting, so I read "The Little Schemer". Later, Paul Graham's writings, esp. "Beating the Averages", but also because I was feeling the limitations of the Java / C# family of languages.
If you were trying Lisp out of unhappiness with another language, what was that other language and what did you not like about it, or what were you hoping to find different in Lisp?
How far have you gotten in your study of Lisp? (I know, that is hard to measure)
I've completed reading Graham's "ANSI Common Lisp". I haven't done anything useful with it. I want to start reading "On Lisp" soon, maybe I'll come up with a programming project so I can get some practical experience with the language.
What do you think of Lisp so far?
It's a great language, but I think that Lisp has some real problems talking to the outside world. In particular, I'm having a tough time figuring out HTTP/HTML/XML support. Allegro CL has support but it's not especially well documented. I haven't found anything dealing with how to do FFI - I'm sure it's out there, but I haven't found it.
Switch Date 2002 RtL Word of Mouth RtL Paul Graham