The Power of LISP

October 8, 2008

LISP is sometimes said to be the most powerful language because of its extensibility. However, untrammeled power is not an advantage in a HLL. HLL’s do a number of things, some of which are restrictions (type systems, discouragment of goto). LISP cannot claim to be the highest level language without balancing power –making it easy to write good code — against restriction –making it difficult to write bad code.


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