Vijay Mathew
I, Vijay Mathew, do solemnly offer these my responses to The Road to Lisp Survey:

When did you first try Lisp seriously, and which Lisp family member was it?

I first tried Lisp seriously in 2006, when I read SICP. I started with Scheme. Then I moved on to Common Lisp with the help of Paul Graham's On Lisp and Seibel's Practical Common Lisp.

What led you to try Lisp?

I was searching for the 'best Computer Science book out there' and came across SICP. That got me seriously started with Lisp.

What other languages have you been using most?

C, C++, Java, C# and Python. I also program in Erlang and Smalltalk, whenever I get a chance!,

How far have you gotten in your study of Lisp?

I have made good progress. The first Scheme environment I tried was DrScheme. Later I created my own Scheme system based on MzScheme, with convenient (i.e, for me) interfaces to all the C/C++ libraries I regularly use. Now I use this 'personalized Lisp' + Emacs to solve many of my day-to-day programming problems. I also use Common Lisp, mainly Clozure CL.

What do you think of Lisp so far?

Lisp is undoubtedly the best language I have ever used. It pioneered some of the greatest ideas in programming language design (garbage collection, homoiconicity, first-class functions etc). It is simple, consistent and is a real joy to work with!

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