Dangerous things: I’m teaching myself #LISP
I’m using a tutorial.
But to use LISP properly, you should use #Emacs
To use Emacs, you need a Tutorial.
Emacs has a reputation for, “You can do everything in Emacs”.
So, my current success, once I learned screen navigation (which is like learning a game) using the built-in Emacs tutorial, I just successfully loaded the Lisp tutorial from the web into Emacs, having to install a basic web browser into Emacs.
I’m going to tackle this and I’m having a darned good time doing it. Perhaps I will be able to join the ranks of the #Arcane #programmers – the people who made the WWW and made all the programming languages that we use today; this being the “deep stuff” that’s behind a lot of it. (’cause LISP is like, I dunno, one of the very first languages to ever help humans use computers? ’cause it’s been around for 50 years? ’cause it’s different?* ’cause it’s powerful)
I was going to learn one of the easiest to master (next to BASIC) languages which is #Python apparently; and I’m really impressed by the kids’ guide to programming that uses Python – very well written – but then I thought, “Wait… wait… wait… wasn’t there a language that they build new languages with? The one that they use because they can reprogram a satellite from millions of miles away because it has an interface that allows code to be modified by being self-compiling on the fly?
Yeah, that’s LISP.
Here I dive in.
You may not see me for a few years. I’ve heard of many a hermit that never left Emacs once they begin their journey. I’m liking it so far and that’s scary; it’s hard and that’s what makes it fun because what was hard, suddenly becomes easy when you go, “Ooooh, that’s all it is?” and that’s when I get that “Level-Up” feeling.