Over on CostsBenefitsOfMetaProgramming, Tayssir John Gabbour says (about LispLanguage)

: People who cite Lisp's lack of adoption never cite history, they believe in tech darwinism that was debunked by David Noble in Forces of Production ... A moment's reflection shows ((Yahoo's rewrite of PaulGraham's Lisp code was an argument against Lisp)) ... is an irrational argument that people grasp for straws against when a tool is too far outside current fads. David Noble claims that tech which doesn't follow the management paradigm of deskilling programmers will be required to pass impossible yardsticks of economic success, even given proven success.

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