[TUHS] lisp challenge

Larry McVoy lm at mcvoy.com
Sat Feb 17 07:03:13 AEST 2018


On Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 01:01:14PM -0800, Larry McVoy wrote:
> So people have called me on the claim that lisp is not fast.  Here's a 
> rebuttal.
> 
> Please write a clone of GNU grep in lisp to demonstrate that the claim
> that lisp is slower that C is false.
> 
> Best of luck and I'll be super impressed if you can get even remotely
> close without dropping into C or assembler.  If you do get close, I 
> will with draw my claim, stand corrected, point future "lisp is slow"
> people at the lisp-grep, and buy you dinner and/or drinks.
> 
> --lm

And to help you, here is Mike explaining how he made GNU grep fast. 
You are welcome to use the same techniques in lisp.

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