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RE: [Axiom-developer] RE: Boot vs. Lisp

From: Mike Thomas
Subject: RE: [Axiom-developer] RE: Boot vs. Lisp
Date: Tue, 1 Nov 2005 08:11:47 +1000

Hi Bill. 

| I agree that using *both* Lisp and BOOT is probably more
| complicated than it needs to be. But my solution to this
| would be precisely opposite the solution proposed by Tim.
| What I would greatly prefer is to replace the Lisp in
| Axiom with BOOT, where possible. I think the only place
| where Lisp is required is in the bootstrap for the BOOT
| compiler itself. And even there, BOOT could be weened from
| it's mother Lisp and live on it's own like ML, Aldor, and
| some other languages that started out in Lisp - but I am
| not really advocating that in the short term.
| If someone thinks Lisp is essential to Axiom then I would
| be glad to see some examples.

It clearly isn't, although as you imply there are practical constraints
due to pre-existing work which basically does the job and insufficient

| In my writing I may appear to
| be overly opinionated,

With respect to "overly", not that I've noticed.  

| but really deep down my intention is
| to be open-minded. :)

That is also clear.


Mike Thomas

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