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Brevity Guild Micro Fighter

Lisp Dialect

Arc Lisp (indirectly available in Common Lisp using custom macros)

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Synopsis

Lisp allows you to write code that is incredibly concise but doesn’t look like your cat walked over your keyboard. (I’m looking at you, Perl!) This is possible because of the various features we’ve already mentioned, such as macros, functional programming, and Lisp’s dynamic typing system.

There is one Lisp dialect, however, that takes this idea to the extreme: Arc. In fact, code brevity is the primary design goal for this language. Paul Graham, the designer of Arc, analyzed large amounts of computer code in an attempt to figure out which primitive commands are needed to write code that is as concise as possible, while keeping the code readable.


  

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