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Let Over Lambda by Doug Hoyte
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Feb 03, 12

bookshelves: programming, non-fiction
Read from August 17 to October 05, 2011

This was a tough one ..

Which is a pity since it contains some very interesting stuff about macro programming.

So what's in the book?
It is a book about Lisp but neither an introduction to nor a reference. It is focused on macro programming. On the way there it starts by talking about scope and closures, followed by increasingly advanced macro topics: extending the language, extending the parser, macros that build macros, interaction of multiple levels of macros and macro efficiency. This tour of macros is followed by a case study introducing a Forth implemented in Lisp using the lessons learned earlier.

And why did I find it tough?
The problem was not the wealth of information presented but the way it was presented: the author is a Common Lisp zealot and keeps on preaching its superiority. I find that hard to take.

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