[Haskell-cafe] The Lisp Curse

Andrew Coppin andrewcoppin at btinternet.com
Thu May 19 20:33:02 CEST 2011


Some of you might have seen this. Here's the short version:

   Lisp is so powerful that it discourages reuse. Why search for and 
reuse an existing implementation, when it's so trivially easy to 
reimplement exactly what you want yourself? The net result is a maze of 
incompatible libraries which each solve a different 80% of the same problem.

To all the people who look at Hackage, see that there are 6 different 
libraries for processing Unicode text files, and claim that this is 
somehow a *good* thing, I offer the above essay as a counter-example.

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