Original post by Arild Fines
The best thing about Lisp is that all it's proponents are so humble.
You actually hit the nail on the head. This puts most newbies off Lisp completely and it's been written about quite often.
Why we hate Lisp
Smug Lisp Weenies
Social Problems of Lisp
It's just difficult discussing the merits of *any* language without coming across as "My C64 rules, your Spectrum sucks", "My Amiga rules, PeeCee sucks", "NVidia versus ATI". etc.
If you want to read a very balanced discussion on the merits of Lisp, try this Q/A session on Slashdot by Kent M Pitman. It's what got me interested in Lisp in the first place.
Kent M. Pitman Answers On Lisp And Much More
Kent M. Pitman's Second Wind
Things like being able to patch a Lisp program - while it is running - really blew me away.
[edited by - HairyTroll on February 19, 2004 1:18:10 PM]