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Alaric B. Snell wrote:

> [...] [Re: Common Lisp] CL needed a trimming, and
> Scheme was the result. They overtrimmed a bit but seem to be spending the
> time since profitably producing cleaned up versions of the more useful bits
> of CL they originally trimmed off.

That's not how it happened; Scheme predates Common Lisp
by several years.

Scheme started out as a small LISP dialect, and Common Lisp
started out as the union of several major LISP dialects.
CL inherited lexical scoping from Scheme (but not much else).

The two are really very different languages.  They're in
the same phylum -- both are evolutionary descendants of McCarthy's
original LISP, and there's been a (very little) bit of cross-pollination
between them -- but many language taxonomists don't even
place them in the same family.

--Joe English



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