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Accessing AWS using Scheme

Phil Windley talks about using the Scheme programming language to access AWS, with more information on the Wiki page for his CS 330 class at BYU. As Phil notes, LISP s-expressions are very similar to XML data structures, so this is a very natural combination of technologies.

People like Paul Graham (author of Hackers and Painters) claim that LISP is the ideal language to use for building rapidly evolving online applications, as described in his article, Beating the Averages:

We chose Lisp. For one thing, it was obvious that rapid development would be important in this market.  We were all starting from scratch, so a company that could get new features done before its competitors would have a big advantage.  We knew Lisp was a really good language for writing software quickly, and server-based applications magnify the effect of rapid development, because you can release software the minute it’s done.