The best way to compare programming languages is by analogy to cars. Lisp is a whole family of languages, and can be broken down approximately as follows:
- Scheme is an exotic sports car. Fast. Manual transmission. No radio.
- Emacs Lisp is a 1984 Subaru GL 4WD: "the car that's always in front of you."
- Common Lisp is Howl's Moving Castle.
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