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On Wednesday 30 October 2002 17:24, Joe English wrote:
> 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).

Back when it was Schemer from the same nest as Planner, maybe, but the modern 
focus is on making a Lisp without all the rarely used complex bits.

> 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.

Oooh, I think a lot of people think of Scheme as a mini-Lisp; it's not a 
strict subset since the symbols are handled a lot more simply, but it's 
conceptually quite subsettish!

> --Joe English
>   jenglish@flightlab.com


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