February 18, 2005 - Brian's Lisp programmer rant

Today Brian Marick said, in a discussion of his planned book:
"I'll use XML instead of YAML as my concession to reality and penance for not talking about Perl. It will be hard not to launch into my old Lisp programmer's rant about how all the people who thought writing programs in tree structures with parentheses was unreadable now think writing data in tree structures with angle brackets and keyword arguments and quotes is somehow just the cat's pajamas."

Posted by Jeffrey Fredrick at February 18, 2005 01:39 PM

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I am not a fan of Lisp ( even though I use the emacs key binds on Eclipse 3.0 ), but this is a very valid point. I personally don't get why there are so many frameworks that want me to use illegible and obtuse XML instead of a few lines of code. This is probably why I have yet to use an Object-Relational Mapper in any of my code.

Posted by: James E. Ervin on February 21, 2005 10:16 AM

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