Practical Common Lisp
Now available in paperback—
Lisp is often thought of as an academic language, but it need not be. This is the first book that introduces Lisp as a language for the real world.
Practical Common Lisp presents a thorough introduction to Common Lisp, providing you with an overall understanding of the language features and how they work. Over a third of the book is devoted to practical examples, such as the core of a spam filter and a web application for browsing MP3s and streaming them via the Shoutcast protocol to any standard MP3 client software (e.g., iTunes, XMMS, or WinAmp). In other "practical" chapters, author Peter Seibel demonstrates how to build a simple but flexible in-memory database, how to parse binary files, and how to build a unit test framework in 26 lines of code.
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Review: Practical Common LISPUser Review - Scott King - Goodreads
I read most of this book and skimmed some of the latter part, but found it excellent. A real eye-opener to what Common LISP is really all about. Actually a very powerful language that I would enjoy ... Read full review
Review: Practical Common LISPUser Review - Delyan Angelov - Goodreads
Impressive concepts and accessible implementations. Highly recommended for every programmer !!! Read full review