tony yelacic
I, tony, 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 have not yet tried Lisp seriously, or, at least not what i would consider seriously. i do have some projects in mind that i haven't been able to find ways to do easily in other languages. my hope and expectation is that once i become more familiar with Lisp, i will be able to bend it to my will.

the families that i have tried are, Emacs/XEmacs Lisp, Xanalys Lispworks, and CLISP for Linux and W32.

What led you to try Lisp?

i am educating myself on programming. amongst my reading material, i saw references to the language. i made a mental note at the time to look into the language once i had mastered a few other languages and gained some deeper knowledge of other technologies. i've been playing with linux and bsd on some machines i picked up and decided to try emacs instead of vi or vim. i found the environment to be truly fascinating and found out that the gnu emacs is done extensively in Lisp. it was then that i decided to start investigate the language in earnest.

Where did your road originate?

the above answers the question. my road to programming began with some problems i had on the job. i started doing a little investigation on how some technologies we use worked and discovered that some of them had apis available. it piqued my interest and a few thousand dollars in reading material and many hours of research and viola, Lisp has found it's way into my mind... well, not completely yet, but we are determined.

How far have you gotten in your study of Lisp?

far enough to know that i was correct in my assumption that this programming paradigm (sorry, i don't like to use buzz words much, but this applies) will make it possible for me to 1) solve some problems that i have not yet been able to solve in other languages and 2) extend my understanding of the programming process in ways other languages have not yet been able to do.

What do you think of Lisp so far?

i dig it.

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