Lisp, Smalltalk, and the Power of Symmetry

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    For me there was a huge divide between those who were supplying Smalltalk and worked that side of the fence, and the customers who were trying to solve problems. I saw that as why Smalltalk lost to simpler/arguably stupider tech like Java.

    I have sometimes pondered whether to try making a system that kind of rhymed with Smalltalk, but using Roslyn[0] instead. Although I envisage it as being a kind of playground where you code like Smalltalk, with the artifacts being produced as conventional class files and whatnot so the final build could be done with the normal command line tools.


  • edn

    Extensible Data Notation

    That's exactly what Clojure did, here's the quote from

    > Extends the code-as-data paradigm to maps and vectors

    Basically think of it as a better JSON with non of the issues you brought up.


    And example:

    > #myapp/Person {:first "Fred" :last "Mertz"}

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