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Author: Paul Graham
ISBN 13: 9780133708752
ISBN 10: 133708756
Edition: 1
Publisher: Pearson
Publication Date: 1995-11-12
Format: Paperback
Pages: 432
List Price: $121.20

This highly accessible presentation of LISP is the most comprehensive introduction to common LISP available.

Divides material into two parts; the tutorial half of the book:

  • covers subject-by-subject the essential core of Common Lisp.
  • sums up lessons of preceding chapters in two examples of real applications: a backward- chainer, and an embedded language for object-oriented programming.

An outstanding reference consisting of three appendices, the summary half of the text:

  • gives source code for a widely used Common Lisp operators, with definitions that offer a comprehensive explanation of the language and provide a rich source of real examples.
  • summarizes differences between ANSI Common Lisp and Common Lisp as it was originally defined in 1984.
  • contains a concise description of every function, macro, and special operator in ANSI Common Lisp.

Concludes with a section of notes containing clarifications, references, and additional code.


An introduction to Lisp programming, incorporating a tutorial on essential concepts and a reference describing every operator in the language, for students and professional programmers. Details concepts in specialized data structures, functions, macros, and input/output, explains the Common Lisp Object System, and features 20 program examples. Reference appendices cover debugging, Lisp in Lisp, and changes to Common Lisp. Assumes no experience with a programming language, although some is helpful. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)