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by tayssir
Sat Jul 18, 2009 10:01 am
Forum: Common Lisp
Topic: Experience of Learning Lisp
Replies: 52
Views: 39591

Re: Experience of Learning Lisp

I think that this just shows that you have not understood CONS. Note that a list is just a shorthand for a bunch of cons cells connected in a defined way. (cons collection item) is not necessarily a mistake---unless you expected the collection to be a proper list before and after. No, the other fel...
by tayssir
Sat Jul 18, 2009 5:34 am
Forum: Common Lisp
Topic: Experience of Learning Lisp
Replies: 52
Views: 39591

Re: Experience of Learning Lisp

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by tayssir
Sat Jul 18, 2009 5:06 am
Forum: Common Lisp
Topic: Experience of Learning Lisp
Replies: 52
Views: 39591

Re: Experience of Learning Lisp

It's the other way round (because you cons an ITEM onto a COLLECTION). A wonderful example where CL's inconsistency can trip a user up, causing a typo on the most basic operator of the bunch. ;) The art of the meta-example... Some of those are easily justifiable (e.g. GETF gets a place, GETHASH get...
by tayssir
Sat Jul 18, 2009 1:57 am
Forum: Common Lisp
Topic: Experience of Learning Lisp
Replies: 52
Views: 39591

Re: Experience of Learning Lisp

Like what? The only thing that bugs me is (file-position s n) instead of (setf (file-position s) n) Take a look at: (cons collection item) (gethash item collection) (elt collection item) (nth item collection) (aref collection items) (assoc items collection) (getf collection item) I'm reminded of Da...
by tayssir
Fri Jul 17, 2009 8:54 pm
Forum: Common Lisp
Topic: Experience of Learning Lisp
Replies: 52
Views: 39591

Re: Experience of Learning Lisp

How long did it take you to get started? Complex question, given that I was learning a big gestalt of stuff at that point. (I found computing beyond boring, so I looked around for its possiblities. Why can't programming be as entertaining as any other computer game?) Also, I then considered improve...
by tayssir
Sun Jul 12, 2009 4:24 am
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Tragedy of the commons
Replies: 56
Views: 61773

Re: Tragedy of the commons

tayssir: "Planned economies can use price systems." How can they? I think you're missing the point of the pricing mechanism. The example I gave, Parecon , is a decentralized form of planned economy which happens to use a price mechanism, supply and demand curves, features worker self-management, et...
by tayssir
Sat Jul 11, 2009 7:57 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Tragedy of the commons
Replies: 56
Views: 61773

Re: Tragedy of the commons

There are a lot of kinds of libertarian, including some faux libertarians like "anarcho-syndicalists". Sorry for the boring history flashback, but an anarcho-communist coined the political term "libertarian." (To work around a French ban on anarchist lit.) I can hardly tell anarcho-communists and a...
by tayssir
Sat Jul 11, 2009 1:30 am
Forum: Other Dialects
Topic: Clojure hate and Language Wars
Replies: 17
Views: 35729

Re: Clojure hate and Language Wars

It was in a video here . (At 43:00 into the video.) Not to disappoint, but it was just casually mentioned in one sentence, when offering arguments that Clojure doesn't have to compete against other languages like Scala; there doesn't have to be a winner. "Clojure doesn't have to 'win' to win. See, I...
by tayssir
Fri Jul 10, 2009 2:21 am
Forum: Other Dialects
Topic: Clojure hate and Language Wars
Replies: 17
Views: 35729

Re: Clojure hate and Language Wars

I find it hard to argue with this blog post, because it's a passionate statement of personal religion. (Maybe if I'd ever used Symbolics Genera, I could argue that it's not as good as its mythology.) But since rejects arguments based on productivity.. there's not much for me to say. Maybe I can agre...
by tayssir
Fri May 22, 2009 10:26 am
Forum: Books and Resources
Topic: Concrete Mathematics
Replies: 9
Views: 25703

Re: Concrete Mathematics

alby wrote:(I hope I didn't sound rude, or belligerent. I apologize if it seemed, or seems, so.)
Of course, I too apologize if I was rude... (I'm on a small vacation now, so I'm probably in a weird mood. :oops:)