Programing: Will Lisp Ever be Popular?
This essay is continued from: Fundamental Problems of Lisp .
Mathematica today sells for over 2 thousands dollars. Its sales record, is probably more than ALL commercial lisps combined. Such a illuminating social fact, in not known in lisp communities. These faakheads think that lisp is more popular.
There is one slight hope for Lisp the lang as we understood it, and that is Emacs Lisp. Due to, it being deeply rooted in the industry as a powerful text editor, and the embedded lisp has major practical impact in getting people to know lisp and also actually use it for practical need. The installed base of emacs lisp system is perhaps 100 or 1000 times more than the number of all Common Lisp and Scheme Lisp's installed base. (this satisfying prospect is however mar'd by the tech geekers. For example, the Common Lispers, and Scheme Lispers, perennially inject snide and sneer at emacs lisp that harms its progress, while the faaking emacs priests, want to coffin emacs in its 1980s UI and terminologies. (See: Modernization of Emacs • Text Editors Popularity and Market Research.))
This essay is originally a post to newsgroup “comp.lang.lisp”.
A new lisp language Clojure is getting quite popular today.