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Common Lisp vs Slim Lang: What are the differences?

Developers describe Common Lisp as "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]. On the other hand, Slim Lang is detailed as "Template language whose goal is reduce the syntax to the essential parts without becoming cryptic". Slim is a template language whose goal is to reduce the view syntax to the essential parts without becoming cryptic. It started as an exercise to see how much could be removed from a standard html template (<, >, closing tags, etc...). As more people took an interest in Slim, the functionality grew and so did the flexibility of the syntax.

Common Lisp can be classified as a tool in the "Languages" category, while Slim Lang is grouped under "Templating Languages & Extensions".

"Flexibility" is the primary reason why developers consider Common Lisp over the competitors, whereas "Easier to type and maintain than haml" was stated as the key factor in picking Slim Lang.

Slim Lang is an open source tool with 4.84K GitHub stars and 473 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Slim Lang's open source repository on GitHub.

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Pros of Common Lisp
Pros of Slim Lang
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    Flexibility
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    High-performance
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    Comfortable: garbage collection, closures, macros, REPL
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    Stable
  • 11
    Lisp
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    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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    Easier to type and maintain than haml
  • 12
    Very clean and logical
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    Integrates with Rails by installing a single gem
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    Performs better than haml
  • 4
    Concise
  • 3
    Extensive package support in sublime text 2 and 3
  • 1
    Atom package support

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Cons of Common Lisp
Cons of Slim Lang
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    Too many Parentheses
  • 1
    No hygienic macros
  • 1
    Standard did not evolve since 1994
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    Small library ecosystem
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    Not so good editor support
  • 1
    Overcomplicated syntax
  • 1
    Lots of syntactic corner cases
  • 1
    Easy to break nesting when reindenting or copy-pasting

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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]

What is Slim Lang?

Slim is a template language whose goal is to reduce the view syntax to the essential parts without becoming cryptic. It started as an exercise to see how much could be removed from a standard html template (<, >, closing tags, etc...). As more people took an interest in Slim, the functionality grew and so did the flexibility of the syntax.

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Haskell
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Python
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Racket
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Java
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