[TUHS] Happy birthday, Niklaus Wirth!

Noel Chiappa jnc at mercury.lcs.mit.edu
Fri Feb 16 23:42:43 AEST 2018


    > From: Larry McVoy <lm at mcvoy.com>

    > I don't know all the details but lisp and performance is not a thing.

This isn't really about Unix, but I hate to see inaccuracies go into
archives...

You might want to read:

  http://multicians.org/lcp.html

Of course, when it comes to the speed/efficientcy of the compiled code, much
depends on the program/programmer. If one uses CONS wildly, there will have to
be garbage collection, which is of course not fast. But properly coded to stay
away from expensive constructs, my understanding is that 'lcp' and NCOMPLR
produced pretty amazing object code.

	 Noel


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