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xkcd on Lisp

August 1st, 2007 (11:21 am)
current mood: geeky

Today's xkcd is brilliant. I went ahead and made myself a CafePress T-shirt based on it (not for sale, just for me):

(The parentheses are from Isabella.)

The one thing I think the comic is missing is a "not as clumsy or random as a..." bit. Maybe "not as clumsy or random as a pointer".


Posted by: metahacker (metahacker)
Posted at: August 1st, 2007 09:03 pm (UTC)

I've been showing that one around work a bit...too bad we don't have that many of the older generation of coders any more. ;)

"...pointer" works pretty well. Certainly better than "...as a pair of curley braces".

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: August 2nd, 2007 01:28 pm (UTC)
Pointers in Lisp

The problem that occurred to me last night is that a value referring to a cons cell is a pointer. It's not as random as a C pointer, but you can still mess things up with it—e.g., creating loops in your graph.

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