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Speaking of Basic, didn't AutoCAD use Lisp for "macros"?

It still does. As a younger programmer, it was my first taste of Lisp. Still, it would be nice to have more language choices.

Up until the mid 1990's yes. Then they switched to Visual Basic and C++ which were considered easier to integrate with the Windows environment or something.

I'm still using AutoLisp and I don't think our version of AutoCAD is that old?

ISTR that it was R14 that was all c++/VBA but it's been years since I touched autocad.

autolisp is still around, with VBA going the way of the dodo in favour of .NET

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