“Any remembrance why you chose the name Lisa for your compiler? Did Jobs have a some compilers named DJ or Chris? =) Was it an acronym?”
My memory is starting to come back on this….
The assembler was written by Randy Hyde, and was already on the market before Sierra picked it up. I used it to write a game (I think Thexder) and liked it, so I called to ask if we could publish it. My recollection is that it was already called Lisa, and that it was called that because it was named after Randy’s wife — but, this was 25 years ago, so, who knows?
I don’t remember why we stopped publishing it. I think I always wanted to move the company in serious directions, but ultimately, our product direction was always set by our customers, not me. We tended to do more of what worked, and less of what didn’t. The games worked, the compilers didn’t.