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Everybody talks about Arc again

Arc walks the blogosphere again.

The LtU article and comments on show that there's still some interest in the topic. Although we have all waited a very long time.

Arc currently powers a spam-filter and Y Combinator's Startup News, some kind of clone.

John Wiseman says "I used to think people working on new Lisp-like languages were misguided, but after internalizing the idea that Common Lisp is static, and therefore dead, I'm a lot more sympathetic."

I don't think Common Lisp is really dead. People use it for new projects and new libraries. ASDF wasn't there 10 years ago and all important implementations support it. Many libraries and tools became a de facto standard you can use with your favorite implementation.

Dead relatives shouldn't be the only reason to design a new programming language (or new variation of an existing one).

Paul Graham sure likes Lisp. He wrote books about Common Lisp and his financial success is based on it, too. He doesn't seem to be a language zealot as he speaks positively about Python and uses MzScheme for developing Arc. The Lisp family can be sure to gain a fine, new member. Not a black sheep from "misguided people".

Tags: Lisp, Arc