On Lisp

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Lisp is an especially good language for writing extensible programs because it is itself an extensible program.

Because Lisp gives you the freedom to define your own operators, you can mold it into just the language you need. If you’re writing a text-editor, you can turn Lisp into a language for writing text-editors. If you’re writing a CAD program, you can turn Lisp into a language for writing CAD programs. And if you’re not sure yet what kind of program you’re writing, it’s a safe bet to write it in Lisp. Whatever kind of program yours turns out to be, Lisp will, during the writing of it, have evolved into a language for writing that kind of program.

— On Lisp: Advanced Techniques for Common Lisp

— Paul Graham

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2018.02.21 Wednesday ACHK