MIT 6.001

Mike McDonald
Mon, 09 Nov 1998 17:21:19 -0800

>Date: Mon, 9 Nov 1998 16:37:49 -0800 (PST)
>From: Ray Dillinger <>
>To: "James A. Crippen" <>
>Subject: Re: MIT 6.001
>>Even though it isn't lisp, the scheme shell scsh is probably to way to go.
>>I've often thought of rewriting the init scripts in scsh to make a more
>>lispish system, but the extent of the task has prevented me from
>>undertaking it.
>Excuse me?  It's as much a LISP as any other dialect -- Common
>Lisp, Scheme, Elisp, Symbolics LISP, etc, as well as other
>dialects, even non-standard ones like that implemented by scsh
>(which is "almost" scheme... ) are all under the "big tent"....
>LISP is a large family of languages, not a single standard.
>There is no standard for LISP, per se, at least not one that's
>been implemented in the last twenty years.  If you want to go
>back to when McCarthy was developing it, I think that's the last
>time LISP was really just *one* language.  

  Wasn't even then. The Lisp 1.5 book mentions the incompatibilties
between the MIT version and some other (Los Alamos? Book's at home.)

  But, for the LispOS purposes, we had already "agreed" that Lisp
meant Common Lisp in this list.

  Mike McDonald