Stolen from Rainer Joswig's Lisp on the net page
Lisp has many faces. Many things people tell you about Lisp is
- Lisp is not interpreted. It can be interpreted, but
it also can be compiled to machine code.
- Lisp is not slow. Some interpreter-based
implementations may be considered slow. Many compiler-based
implementations can produce fast code.
- Lisp is not a large language. Look at Scheme - even
Common Lisp has a relatively simple core.
- Lisp is not dead. Why are so many people using it
then? Ever heard of Emacs or AutoCAD?
- Lisp is not complicated. If you think Lisp is
complicated, better start mowing lawns.
- Lisp syntax is not unreadable.Within a good
development environment, Lisp syntax is more a feature, than a
Lisp-based software controls robots, schedules satellite missions,
helps designing cars, checks html documents, ...