Mar 152009

In a recent entry on differences between Haskell and Lisp, one of the Lisp community’s long-time members, Daniel Weinreb, asked about my stated aversion to JVM-based languages for everyday computing (sometimes referred to as “scripting”). Specifically, it was asked in relation to Clojure, and why I hasn’t been immediately taken by that language — despite it’s having so many features I respect and admire.

I wanted to respond to Daniel’s question in a separate blog entry, since this topic has come up so often, it seems, and deserves thought. The JVM is a rich, mature platform, and you get so much for free by designing new languages on top of it. The point of debate is: what are the costs, and are they always worth the asking price?

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