C vs Common Lisp

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C vs Common Lisp: What are the differences?

C: One of the most widely used programming languages of all time. ; Common Lisp: The modern, multi-paradigm, high-performance, compiled, ANSI-standardized descendant of the long-running family of Lisp programming languages. Lisp was originally created as a practical mathematical notation for computer programs, influenced by the notation of Alonzo Church's lambda calculus. It quickly became the favored programming language for artificial intelligence (AI) research. As one of the earliest programming languages, Lisp pioneered many ideas in computer science, including tree data structures, automatic storage management, dynamic typing, conditionals, higher-order functions, recursion, and the self-hosting compiler. [source: wikipedia].

C and Common Lisp belong to "Languages" category of the tech stack.

"Performance" is the top reason why over 52 developers like C, while over 13 developers mention "Flexibility" as the leading cause for choosing Common Lisp.

According to the StackShare community, C has a broader approval, being mentioned in 64 company stacks & 251 developers stacks; compared to Common Lisp, which is listed in 5 company stacks and 3 developer stacks.

Decisions about C and Common Lisp

Python has become the most popular language for machine learning right now since almost all machine learning tools provide service for this language, and it is really to use since it has many build-in objects like Hashtable. In C, you need to implement everything by yourself.

C++ is one of the most popular programming languages in graphics. It has many fancy libraries like eigen to help us process matrix. I have many previous projects about graphics based on C++ and this time, we also need to deal with graphics since we need to analyze movements of the human body. C++ has much more advantages than Java. C++ uses only compiler, whereas Java uses compiler and interpreter in both. C++ supports both operator overloading and method overloading whereas Java only supports method overloading. C++ supports manual object management with the help of new and delete keywords whereas Java has built-in automatic garbage collection.

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C

As a personal research project I wanted to add post-quantum crypto KEM (key encapsulation) algorithms and new symmetric crypto session algorithms to openssh. I found the openssh code and its channel/context management extremely complex.

Concurrently, I was learning Go. It occurred to me that Go's excellent standard library, including crypto libraries, plus its much safer memory model and string/buffer handling would be better suited to a secure remote shell solution. So I started from scratch, writing a clean-room Go-based solution, without regard for ssh compatibility. Interactive and token-based login, secure copy and tunnels.

Of course, it needs a proper security audit for side channel attacks, protocol vulnerabilities and so on -- but I was impressed by how much simpler a client-server application with crypto and complex terminal handling was in Go.

$ sloc openssh-portable 
  Languages  Files    Code  Comment  Blank   Total  CodeLns
      Total    502  112982    14327  15705  143014   100.0%
          C    389  105938    13349  14416  133703    93.5%
      Shell     92    6118      937   1129    8184     5.7%
       Make     16     468       37    131     636     0.4%
        AWK      1     363        0      7     370     0.3%
        C++      3      79        4     18     101     0.1%
       Conf      1      16        0      4      20     0.0%
$ sloc xs
  Languages  Files  Code  Comment  Blank  Total  CodeLns
      Total     34  3658     1231    655   5544   100.0%
         Go     19  3230     1199    507   4936    89.0%
   Markdown      2   181        0     76    257     4.6%
       Make      7   148        4     50    202     3.6%
       YAML      1    39        0      5     44     0.8%
       Text      1    30        0      7     37     0.7%
     Modula      1    16        0      2     18     0.3%
      Shell      3    14       28      8     50     0.9%

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Pros of C
Pros of Common Lisp
  • 64
    Performance
  • 45
    Low-level
  • 33
    Portability
  • 28
    Hardware level
  • 18
    Embedded apps
  • 12
    Pure
  • 9
    Performance of assembler
  • 7
    Ubiquity
  • 4
    Great for embedded
  • 4
    Old
  • 2
    OpenMP
  • 2
    No garbage collection to slow it down
  • 2
    Compiles quickly
  • 22
    Flexibility
  • 17
    High-performance
  • 16
    Comfortable: garbage collection, closures, macros, REPL
  • 12
    Stable
  • 11
    Lisp
  • 6
    Code is data
  • 6
    Can integrate with C (via CFFI)
  • 5
    Multi paradigm
  • 4
    Easy Setup
  • 4
    Lisp is fun
  • 3
    Macros
  • 2
    Elegant
  • 2
    Open source
  • 2
    Purelly functional
  • 1
    Parentheses

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Cons of C
Cons of Common Lisp
  • 5
    Low-level
  • 3
    No built in support for concurrency
  • 2
    Lack of type safety
  • 2
    No built in support for parallelism (e.g. map-reduce)
  • 3
    Too many Parentheses
  • 1
    No hygienic macros
  • 1
    Standard did not evolve since 1994
  • 1
    Small library ecosystem

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What is C?

What is Common Lisp?

Lisp was originally created as a practical mathematical notation for computer programs, influenced by the notation of Alonzo Church's lambda calculus. It quickly became the favored programming language for artificial intelligence (AI) research. As one of the earliest programming languages, Lisp pioneered many ideas in computer science, including tree data structures, automatic storage management, dynamic typing, conditionals, higher-order functions, recursion, and the self-hosting compiler. [source: wikipedia]

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