[toronto-lisp] A Not Strictly Lisp Question

Abram Hindle abram.hindle at softwareprocess.es
Sun Nov 8 16:56:36 UTC 2009

At least business computing is about meaning. They don't care that there
is a computer there, they simply want process followed and these objects
or symbols manipulated.

It is actually very abstract in many cases and it is often grounded in
being actually useful to the customer who employs it.

That said, you should stay skeptical ;)


Rudolf Olah wrote:
> Maybe it's because I've been heavy into Dijkstra lately, but "business
> computing" is fundamentally flawed and fashion-driven and really isn't
> worth understanding. As Dijkstra said, businesses purposefully try to
> complicate things and keep their work secret in order to profit.
> If you strip away the bullshit, it's easy to understand and useful.
> However, that would make it *too* easy to understand and accessible and
> lots of IBM salespeople would be out of jobs! Bullshit keeps the economy
> afloat I'm afraid :-P
> You should grow a beard and turn into Dijkstra or Knuth or Stallman
> instead  :-D
> -Rudolf
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