Testing the waters.

Christopher J. Vogt vogt@novia.net
Thu, 8 May 1997 09:05:29 -0500

re. CL vs. Scheme

There is a lot to be said for standardization, and in part, that is the
value of CL over Scheme or any other Lisp.  CL has all these wonderful
features built-in, and standardized.

I have programs written in CL, and they will port with very minimal
problems to other CL implementations.  If I develop on a CL implementation,
I can port to others.  In Scheme with this library added, and that
non-standard feature added, you don't get portability.  Not only do *I*
want portability, but I believe that there are many others that want it as

I personally don't see any value in Scheme over CL.  In fact, I see it as a
detriment.  If there were a standardized Scheme with all the features of
CL, then while I might prefer CL, I'd be content with Scheme, since
essentially the only difference would be syntax, but that is not the case,
and hence I can't support using Scheme.

Christopher (Chris) J. Vogt
Omaha, NE