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Common LISP: A Gentle Introduction to Symbolic Computation

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A highly accessible introduction to LISP, this is for inexperienced programmers and programmers new to LISP. A LISP "toolkit" in each chapter explains how to use Common LISP programming and debugging tools such as DESCRIBE, INSPECT, TRACE and STEP.
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Published December 1st 1989 by Addison Wesley Publishing Company
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Zachary
May 21, 2015 Zachary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book by a really cool author. The author made the classic online gallery of DeCSS implementations to showcase free speech issues of computer software. It's aimed for total total beginners to lisp and programming, so if you even know anything about using a UNIX shell or command line, I wouldn't start with this book, I would go with something more robust. Practical Common Lisp is probably the place to start for most people wanting to learn Common Lisp. I just like this book because ...more
Steve Losh
May 06, 2014 Steve Losh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An awesome intro for beginners. It really is gentle, and it really is about symbolic computation.

If I were going to teach a class on Lisp for beginners, this would be the textbook. It might even be the right book for a first class on programming in general.

Note: The first edition has the prettier cover, but the second edition is much more current and includes info about Common Lisp. If you use the first edition you're going to get some confusing terminology regarding scope and other things. Get
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Andrei
May 10, 2016 Andrei rated it really liked it
So, I've finished reading this book. I found it enjoyable, but it didn't show the reason why Lisp users say that the language is so much superior to many other languages... (I mean no C / Java / Pascal programmer says that his language is the best, but for Lisp programmers it's very common). To me Lisp seems just like a weird mix of Pascal, Javascript, Dash, Java and Oz, nothing really particular...
Himanshu
Jun 09, 2011 Himanshu rated it liked it
The first half of the book is good introductory material for Lisp beginners and I mostly skimmed through the second half.
Kyle The Hacker
Apr 16, 2013 Kyle The Hacker rated it really liked it
This was the first book I started learning Common Lisp from, but suffers from not having many practical applications for the language.
Unlearned Hand
Jun 23, 2014 Unlearned Hand rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book that introduced me to Lisp -- classic! I'd probably want this to be my kids' first programming book.
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