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Good question. Racket tries, and because it's Scheme gets a good part of the way. Mozart/Oz tries, with a different basis, and gets somewhere good.

Visual Basic also seems quite close, especially with features like Linq.

> Visual Basic also seems quite close

Honest question - what is there about Visual Basic that makes you say this? I've written small programs with it and on the surface it feels close to "C# if someone changed all the keywords".

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