Online / 5 & 6 February 2022


Lisp, but Beautiful; Lisp for Everyone

The old joke goes that LISP stands for "Lots of Irritating Superfluous Parentheses", but another spin could be "LISP Isn't Structurally Parenthetical". Lispers seem to come to like parentheses eventually and defend them, and newcomers with no preconceptions seem to not have problems as much as existing programmers do, but the fear of lisp in the general programming world remains strong. But is parenthetical notation really the best way to represent lisp? In this talk we explore several alternate representations and their practical use, and speculate on a future where everyone could benefit from lisp's unique properties without fear.


Photo of Christine Lemmer-Webber Christine Lemmer-Webber
Photo of Morgan Lemmer-Webber Morgan Lemmer-Webber