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Let Over Lambda by Doug Hoyte
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Aug 17, 2011

did not like it
bookshelves: programming, non-fiction

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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Reading Progress

August 17, 2011 – Started Reading
August 17, 2011 – Shelved
August 28, 2011 – Shelved as: programming
August 28, 2011 – Shelved as: non-fiction
September 14, 2011 –
page 232
60.42%
September 21, 2011 –
page 278
72.4%
September 29, 2011 –
page 310
80.73%
October 5, 2011 – Finished Reading

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Timmy You, sir, must be mentally deranged.


Marvin Timmy wrote: "You, sir, must be mentally deranged."
Thank you, Timmy, for this concise diagnosis of my condition.


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Timmy Marvin wrote: "Timmy wrote: "You, sir, must be mentally deranged."
Thank you, Timmy, for this concise diagnosis of my condition."


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