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I programmed professionally in common lisp for about a decade. Everything you said is exactly backwards:

- You can use whatever paradigm you want.

- Most implementations are fast enough.

- A competent programmer with expert guidance can be effective in common lisp within a day.

- It has many functions, perhaps more than any other language

- It is tricky to implement fully and correctly (I used to contribute to ECL; Embeddable Common-Lisp)

Lisp is perhaps the most effective language.

ESR says[1]: [LISP is worth learning for] the profound enlightenment experience you will have when you finally get it. That experience will make you a better programmer for the rest of your days, even if you never actually use LISP itself a lot. (You can get some beginning experience with LISP fairly easily by writing and modifying editing modes for the Emacs text editor, or Script-Fu plugins for the GIMP.)

However RG says[2]: I just wasn't a very good programmer any more. Lisp's power had made me complacent, and the world had passed me by. Looking back, I actually don't think I was ever a very good programmer. I just happened to have the good fortune to recognize a good thing when I saw it, and used the resulting leverage to build a successful career. But I credit much of my success to the people who designed Common Lisp.

[1]: http://www.catb.org/esr/faqs/hacker-howto.html

[2]: http://coding.derkeiler.com/Archive/Lisp/comp.lang.lisp/2006...




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