When did you first try Lisp seriously, and which Lisp family member was it?
In 1991, with Allegro Common Lisp on SGI or Sun, possibly both - this was a while ago! I'd done something with Emacs Lisp already in the late 80's, but not for profit.
What led you to try Lisp?
Well, I was paid to do so. I was recruited to modify/construct a GUI for an application already written in CL.
Where did your road originate?
I've been paid to program in C, C++, Perl and Java, and am also familiar with PHP, Postscript, Scheme and Pascal. Of course, the real beginning was BASIC on the Commodore VIC-20 quite some time ago.
How far have you gotten in your study of Lisp?
Not far enough. I wish I knew more about CLOS than what you can do also with other OO paradigms.
What do you think of Lisp so far? With other programming languages, it's always a case of "how do I express this problem in terms of this particular subset of idiosyncracies". With Lisp, developing programs is more a case of "how do I solve this problem". In other words, it lets you work on the problem right away.
Please delete all but one of these cross-referencing tags: Switch Date 1990s
RtL Emacs Elisp | RtL Douglas Hofstadter | RtL Work