Logged in this morning and checked mail, and then the usual news sites that I read. Boy was I surprised to see that Lambda the Ultimate – a collaborative weblog about programming language issueshad pointed to The Tcl War, an archive I maintain of a no-longer-very-famous semi-flamewar that once took place on comp.lang.tcl.

My response on LtU is rather ironic. One of my most pointed criticisms of Lisp during the original debate was the implicit evaluation rules that make macros a necessity, where Tcl can make do with ordinary commands. Now I’m reading a book that is primarily about Lisp macros, trying to understand them better.