thanks for your replies.
I of course am still going to pursue lisp simply because I realise its potential.
When I consumer's I should have put 'employers'
my dad was a BASIC programmer in his day so he can understand SOME VB.
I understand his view on HIM preffering me learn .net (VB being his first choice and C++ 2nd) but isnt it more or less the end result, in this case being the application, that would count?
and if i was to use lisp 'commerically' I'm sure I could get it to churn out .exe's in one way or another.
If I continue my plans to learn C++.net along with lisp, would it make it easier for me to pick up common C++ later on? as in are C++ and C++.net THAT different, sure there are libraries and some functions added and taken out but is the difference that great?
Because I would really like to be able to use my programming in both windows and 'nix, 'nix because its MY OS and windows because that (sadly) is where about 80% of desktops are at.
It still annoys me though to some great extent that if i was to learn python instead of C++ that may change my future career options to some extent.
But of course I wont stop at just a few languages, have to know altest a dozen or so
thanks all, Ducky