Joe Ganley
Writing code since 1979
I have been a professional software engineer for over 10 years. I have written many kinds of software, but my particular strengths are interactive graphics applications, compilers and interpreters, and algorithms.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2002

Pardon the Slashdot regurgitation, but
this article about the use of Lisp in the Orbitz travel site's servers is very cool. I was a pretty serious Lisp geek back in school, before the realities of the world forced me into less elegant languages, and I'm surprised and delighted to see that Lisp is in serious commercial use. I was also amused by the assertion that finding a minimum-cost flight (with no restriction on number of hops) might be computationally intractable. It would be fun to play around with a system like this, without the restrictions a commercial site like Orbitz places on reasonable numbers of stops, to see how cheaply you can get from IAD to LAX (for example) if you're willing to stop eight times.

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