Monday, 31 December 2012

SICP about Lisp

Lisp obeys the convention that every expression has a value. This convention, together with the old reputation of Lisp as an inefficient language, is the source of quip by Alan Perlis (paraphrasing Oscar Wilde) that "Lisp programmers knows the value of everything but the cost of nothing".

From Hal Abelson's, Jerry Sussman's and Julie Sussman's Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs