November 30, 2005
Reddit Interview

11 years old, going on 60

David Newberger interviews Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian of reddit [via Zach Beane]:

I don’t regret writing reddit in Lisp at all. It’s a particularly good language for developing applications without a solid plan of where you’re going. Lisp never gets in the programmer’s way. However, sometimes (oftentimes, more like it) the environment does (again, lack of a strong community). We may rewrite reddit in something else as we bring on more programmers, but Lisp has certainly served as well up until this point.

I just can't believe there's a company called Blogniscient.

Posted by jjwiseman at November 30, 2005 09:01 PM

For the past couple of days, the reddit alien was shown being squeezed by a python; today the python has totally eaten the alien. Anyone know what's up with that?

Posted by: Richard Cook on December 1, 2005 07:51 AM

I took it to mean they're reimplementing in Python. Is that wrong?

Am I the only one who automatically gives a point to anything Lisp-related on reddit?

Posted by: warren on December 1, 2005 01:53 PM

Today the alien is emerging from the Python, also they haven't changed their FAQ where they mention that reddit is implemented in Lisp.

Posted by: Richard Cook on December 2, 2005 07:58 AM

Sunday they put up a blog entry saying they rewrote reddit in Python, promising an explanation later as to why.

Posted by: Richard Cook on December 5, 2005 07:59 AM
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