January 17, 2005
Student Wins Award For New Lisp

A Limerick student won a young scientist award for a new Lisp dialect [via Aaron Brady]:

A Limerick student who designed a new computer programming language tonight won the Esat BT Young Scientist of the Year.

Patrick Collison, 16, of Castletroy College beat off a record number of entries in the 2005 competition with his winning project, “CROMA: a new dialect of LISP”.

Posted by jjwiseman at January 17, 2005 03:59 PM

I was there.
Croma is nothing short of a revolution.
Patrick's display showed Croma in comparison to php.
And php was owned.
My friends and I, scoured the exhibition, found that Patrick's achievement deserved the highest commendation that could be won. 1st place. The guy was a judge magnet. We couldn't talk to him for more than twenty minutes without a visit from a judge.
Those frequent conversations meant that company and I had to make ourselves scarce.

One of my friends went off and had too much coffee while myself and the other explored the exhibition.
We found a dinosaur.

It's good to know that those judges knew a good thing when they saw it and Patrick won!

Posted by: Kevin Reale on January 18, 2005 08:33 AM

I was at the YS myself. I was doing a PHP based project. It was 7000 lines long. If only Croma was around before I did my project...

Posted by: guX on January 25, 2005 06:57 AM

If Lisp is so good how come windows doesn't come with a compiler?

Posted by: Johnathon Archer on November 14, 2005 01:36 PM

Actually, MS Windows does, or at least did come with "Lisp included". I remember years ago someone did grep some Lisp fragments in Windows-binaries, but those might have been some configuration code. Alas, the details escape me.

Posted by: Jonne Itkonen on March 19, 2006 11:39 PM
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