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> there really wasn't much else out there in the field.

What about shell scripts?




Shell scripts are even more miserable to write than perl, and are missing a lot of features you want for most applications


Or LISP.


Firstly, the mention of LISP would have probably sent most of Sun screaming and running for the hills at the time. Secondly, LISP has never been very good at OS integration, one of the most important things for many software projects.




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