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Re: print out all members of a list, v.1.0


From: Barry Margolin
Subject: Re: print out all members of a list, v.1.0
Date: Fri, 04 Mar 2011 22:24:17 -0500
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In article <address@hidden>,
 "Pascal J. Bourguignon" <address@hidden> wrote:

> Barry Margolin <address@hidden> writes:
> > Emacs Lisp is mostly a reimplementation of MockLisp, the dialect that 
> > was used in Gosling Emacs, which was the original inspiration for GNU 
> > Emacs.  It's also very much like MACLISP, the dialect that RMS had been 
> > using for over a decade.
> >
> > So he didn't design his own language, he was basically sticking with 
> > what he knew and liked.
> 
> MacLisp probably.  CL is inspired a lot from MacLisp too.   But I've
> read that MockLisp was far from being a full lisp (as its name would
> imply), and that it was probably the reason why RMS had to write a new
> real lisp for his emacs.

I think he may have taken much inspiration from Multics Maclisp and the 
macros used in Multics Emacs. For example, I think that's where 
save-excursion came from. It was also case-sensitive, unlike PDP-10 
MACLISP.

I imagine this is the only good thing RMS would admit came out of 
Multics.  He wasn't a big fan of the OS because security was one of its 
central features.

-- 
Barry Margolin, address@hidden
Arlington, MA
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