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I think there's very interesting thing happening around Arc. It appears that people there are less afraid of making mistakes or repeating past attempts. Maybe because pg broke some Lisp traditions so that others feel more free to step out of them as well. Maybe because people with other language background are gathering so there are more divergence of minds.

I have my own Scheme implementation (Gauche) and I live on writing software in it, and I keep trying new ideas with it. For that regards, I don't need Arc. But that kind of atmosphere at arclanguage.org, that's not something I can get without Arc.

Maybe most of the ideas tried there will turn out not to work, but new ideas need a place like there to come out. In a sense, Arc isn't a new programming language, but a medium that sheds a new light to the language design process.

And I'm watching it closely to steal whatever good ideas that come out :-)




It's funny, I was commenting to a friend a couple days ago that I really liked arclanguage.com because people were hacking there instead of talking about hacking or arguing about hacking. Kinda at odds with what I'm saying on this thread. Maybe I'm just a natural contrarian.

I dunno. I could certainly be wrong - I was about Reddit. (Though I was also wrong about Xobni, and they did basically the opposite of everything PG suggests in this article.)

Maybe I'm just not the target market for Arc. I'd like to think I'm a smart person, and I did download it and play around with it and reimplement it. But right now, I'm finding that Python and JavaScript let me do more cool things, so I'd rather play around with them.




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