Common LISPcraft by Robert Wilensky

By Robert Wilensky

First there has been LISPcraft, an academic creation to Franz LISP, the main extensively to be had actual dialect of LISP. Now Robert Wilensky introduces scholars, lecturers, and pros to universal LISP.

In an interactive consultation with the interpreter, readers of this ebook are brought to the weather of the typical LISP language in addition to to problems with programming style.

CommonLISPcraft contains:

Full documentation of each universal LISP functionality, image, and character.

Standardization notes highlighted within the textual content. those draw cognizance to language positive factors which are unspecified by way of the definition of universal LISP, that rely on the documentation, or that could be diversified in different LISP dialects.

Detailed exposition of unique universal LISP positive aspects, together with multiple-value returns, constructions, applications, and customary LISP facts types.

Expanded therapy of recursion, plus complete dialogue of I/O, debugging, process capabilities, and compilation.

Examples of quite a few programming kinds, with reviews on strong and undesirable style.

Exercises that offer instructions for extra explorations, with a SolutionsManual on hand upon request.

Two utilized examples within the ultimate chapters, to provide the flavour of large-scale programming.

Appendices summarizing universal LISP features and particular characters.

Detachable pocket reference card to be used on the terminal.

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Leaving LISP elements. LISP any point you should wish to terminate your current session with the LISP interpreter, most LISPs have some function that will do so. Such a function is often called exit. This is a function of no arguments which terminates the current LISP process. Thus executing If at -> (exit) will return the user to the operating system interface from which the LISP process was originally created. no standard Common LISP function for reIn fact, on LISP machines, no such funcno notion of a separate operating system.

The reader must determine how the equivalent of quit has been realized in the local LISP implementation. Experiment, check the implementation manual, or consult a local expert. rather a special key LISP is somewhat unusual ing a function. done by executLISP than that. All the functions LISP provides and in that virtually everything gets In fact, there is really no more to complexity of LISP comes from the particular how various types of functions are treated by the interpreter. the details of Supplied Arguments and Actual Arguments Since LISP has a tendency to evaluate the arguments to a function, we sometimes have need to distinguish between the objects supplied to a func- and the objects that the function operates on.

1. we have treated LISP as if it were a sort of interactive FORTRAN PASCAL, doing arithmetic operations and storing some results by assigning them to symbols. Of course, LISP was not designed particularly So far, or for these operations, but for symbolic operations. Symbolic operations are LISP data structures. Because they are so abstract, symbolic operations might seem a bit meaningless at first. Not to worry. Later on we will apply them in useful ways. rather abstract manipulations of In this chapter we introduce the fundamental symbolic operations of LISP.

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