My name is Guido (Italian, but living most of the time in France), I am new to NewLisp, although I did a little CL back in university.
I am not a programmer by trade, but I have been using perl, bash, php and a little python to do the needful for me and my acquaintances.
My main coding efforts are in the text processing area.
I like very much the feeling of NewLisp, and would like to try it thoroughly, to see if it can substitute most of my tools, at least for most of my needs (I do not think it would be easy to substitute, for example, awk...)
I like Lisp in general, because of its beauty, expressivity and "feeling" (forgive me to say, one of the things I like most are the use of parentheses. I really can't understand those who hates them)
I am a little worried about one thing:
if a newbie like me wants to learn Lisp, in the future, would it be easy for him to learn Common Lisp as well (say, for doing something I could do better with SBCL, or other tools), if he starts with NewLisp?
I am sure a regular programmer could easily pick up the differences, and jump from NewLisp to CL with nor many problems.
But for a non-programmer like me, is there any reason I should start learning Common Lisp first, and then come to NewLisp, instead of starting from NewLisp right away?
Perhaps getting some "easy habits" that I could not use in CL, or some syntax I would be better off learning right away?
Thanks so much to the all Lisp developers and the LispForum community!