If you look at these languages in order, Java, Perl, Python, you notice an interesting pattern. At least, you notice this pattern if you are a Lisp hacker. Each one is progressively more like Lisp.
— Paul Graham
We were after the C++ programmers. We managed to drag a lot of them about halfway to Lisp.
— Guy Steele, co-author of the Java spec
2010.12.17 Friday ACHK