ANSI Common Lisp
KEY BENEFIT: Teaching users new and more powerful ways of thinking about programs, this two-in-one text contains a tutorial—full of examples—that explains all the essential concepts of Lisp programming, plus an up-to-date summary of ANSI Common Lisp, listing every operator in the language. Informative and fun, it gives users everything they need to start writing programs in Lisp both efficiently and effectively, and highlights such innovative Lisp features as automatic memory management, manifest typing, closures, and more. Dividing material into two parts, the tutorial half of the book covers subject-by-subject the essential core of Common Lisp, and sums up lessons of preceding chapters in two examples of real applications: a backward-chainer, and an embedded language for object-oriented programming. Consisting of three appendices, the summary half of the book gives source code for a selection of widely used Common Lisp operators, with definitions that offer a comprehensive explanation of the language and provide a rich source of real examples; summarizes some differences between ANSI Common Lisp and Common Lisp as it was originally defined in 1984; and contains a concise description of every function, macro, and special operator in ANSI Common Lisp. The book concludes with a section of notes containing clarifications, references, and additional code. For computer programmers.
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A good introduction to the language and a some nice medium scale examples in the second half. I'd choose Norvig's Paradigms of Artificial Intelligence Programming, which is really a general book about ... Read full review
The first part, regarding general data structures of Lisp, is quite OK but especially for programmers who want to, or must, use object oriented approaches this book is seriously misleading. It is not clear if Graham only hates object oriented programming - there is quite some evidence for that elsewhere - or actually does not understand it. In the end it does not matter. Common Lisp has a very powerful object system (CLOS). If you are planing to write a modern application making use of OO and are not just planning to walk down memory lane then look elsewhere.