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Re^3: Overcoming addiction to Lisp

by mrborisguy (Hermit)
on Jun 15, 2005 at 13:31 UTC ( #466910=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^2: Overcoming addiction to Lisp
in thread Overcoming addiction to Lisp

Or maybe you should use the right tool for the job, no matter what the right tool is. I've never used Lisp, but I'm sure there are some things it can do better than other languages like C++ and Perl, so when those things come up, use Lisp.


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Re^4: Overcoming addiction to Lisp
by jdporter (Canon) on Jun 15, 2005 at 18:00 UTC

    Uh huh. But don't forget, sometimes worse is better.

    Sometimes the right tool for the job is not the best tool for the job, because of other factors, such as economics. If what I really need is a left-handed weenut wrangler, but I left that back in the shop (two hours' drive away), I might be forgiven for trying to make do with needle-nose pliers.

    Similarly, if my expertise is heavily weighted toward Perl, and I'm surrounded by Java-heads, I might want to think twice about using Lisp for any job, even if it seems the ideal tool for it.

    See also Worse Is Better

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