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Lisp Hackers

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Interviews with 100x More Productive Programmers
ebook, 77 pages
Published June 21st 2013 by Leanpub

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Fabian de Alwis Gunasekare
I've been meaning to learn Lisp, having skimmed through Paul Graham's books few times in the past. Dyomkin's Lisp Hackers, although dated, gives a very terse but high level idea about what this seriously underrated language is capable of. The interviews are a bit terse and repetitive, but there is sufficient information contained for anyone seriously considering to study Lisp to have some sort of a bearing/overview. Unfortunately, some of the Lisp-shops and blogs referred have gone under, and th ...more
Aamil Syed
Sep 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: tech
Very drab and repetitive format. Got bored after a couple of interviews. The author could've been more engaging with the subject; every lisp hacker featured here has a special way of looking at the language and so, I feel the questions should have been modified to reflect that. Unfortunately, they are all asked the same sort of bland questions and come up with similar bland answers. Sample this -

Q. Tell us something interesting about yourself.
A. I live in Maine and enjoy hacking Common Lisp proj
Meher Ranjan
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
I honestly liked the interview of Peter Seibel, author of Coders at Work and Marijn Haverbake, author of Eloquent JavaScript. Ofcourse they are very good writers and hence the content of their interview was crisp, interesting and detailed with enough relevance.

The rest of the interviews were good too but limited to exposing one self to the Lisp language and what domains they are contributing to. Many subjects in the book work in Facebook, Google and on quantum computers and they did mention a fa
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it
For sure the interviews in this book are not as well done as in, say Coders at Work, but I still enjoyed it. I think there are some interesting things mentioned in a couple of the interviews, especially Peter Siebel (the author of Coders at Work, btw). If wish he really did write that book on statistics for programmers! The book is also quite short and available for free. So really no reason why you shouldn't give it a go, especially if you are interested in Lisp. ...more
Chidi Williams
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Lisp Hackers" is a collection of interviews with some important contributors in the Lisp community.

It's a good resource for people, like me, who are new to Lisp and want to learn a bit about the language's history and community.

Some of it is a bit dated and the interview questions are a little repetitive. But as a whole, it gives interesting insights into the lives of these Lisp hackers and shares some of the important tools, libraries, and people in the Lisp ecosystem.
Héctor Iván Patricio Moreno
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
A high-level view of how Lisp can be useful in modern times. Also a source of ideas for projects. A bit dated.
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: leanpub
This self-published book is just a series of "interviews" with largely the same questions asked in each time. In my opinion a good interview is a real dialogue, a back and forth between the interviewer and the interviewee. This didn't come close to that, and as a result it doesn't feel like a "real" book.

The interviewees were an interesting bunch, so it's worth reading, but reading it online makes much more sense.
Orest Ivasiv
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
It was a pleasure to read about REAL Lisp hackers.

Book is a set of different interviews (~14) with Lisp hackers. It's very inspiring to read about passion in Lisp community.
Ye Lin Aung
Aug 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Some good tips from awesome people :)
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Довольно интересная книжка, хотя и не имеющая никакого практического применения.
Lech Jankovski
Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lisp is actually alive! Makes me want to try out Lisp in various daily tasks, especially fast prototyping (mentioned by more than 2 interviewees).
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