Lasso has been around for decades, and will be around for decades to come.

Although other languages have become known as the more “popular” languages, the criteria used to measure popularity have rarely been challenged. Lasso came out of the Mac world—a world filled with artists, educators, and medical practitioners—in the nascent days of the Internet. It has been used by a wide variety of people, whether they be occasional programmers, hard-core developers or anything in between. It has been used to create systems which support and manage the Internet, to drive billions of dollars in sales, and to monitor simple events of everyday life.

Lasso presented the world with a novel and logical way to script, develop, and write code poetry. Tens of thousands of people owe their livelihoods to Lasso, and almost all live their lives unaware of Lasso’s importance. Lasso has become a foundation block of the world’s digital future, steadily inspiring joy and value to those who use it regularly.

This latest version of Lasso, Lasso 9, makes a monumental leap in its underlying theory and architecture to secure the future of the platform. With countless hours of effort, a group of dedicated contributors have worked together to ensure that a strong central manual—a canon—would exist for this new language. These individuals include:

Kyle Jessup
Fletcher Sandbeck
Jonathan Guthrie
Paul Higgins
Brad Lindsay
Steve Piercy
Michael Collins
Aaron Smalser
Eric Knibbe

It is with great pleasure that I thank this group for their concerted and tireless efforts over several years to bring this endeavour to bear. May this be the book which shines a light for the Lasso development community, allowing it to be seen from around the world and shared with others.

Long Live Lasso!

Sean Stephens
LassoSoft Inc.