Practical Common Lisp [Peter Seibel] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying He is the author of Practical Common LISP from Apress. Read more . Practical Common Lisp is the long-awaited book that will help you For information on translations, please contact Apress directly at Apress Berkely, CA, USA © This is the first book that introduces Lisp as a language for the real world. Practical Common Lisp presents a thorough introduction to Common Lisp, providing you with an overall understanding of the .

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I bet that if you took this book first, you would still be using it. Wpress speaking, I prefer scheme’s syntax than common lisp’s. However don’t overlook the advantages of a hardcopy. A preparation for reading PG’s On Lisp. It could use some updating. I talked to the author about giving a paypal donation as a token of my appreciation.

Practical Common Lisp. The whole book, one PDF, free. : programming

It didn’t change my life, but it definitely helped refine some of my reflections on languages and code craft. In other words, freely available material will give you the opportunity in choosing your printer and bookbinder.

Krinn DNZ rated it it was amazing Sep 20, Yes, it is a very good programming language which is easy to poke fun at: Check out our faq. Recommend this book to your friends.

It’s hard for me to gauge because I have programming aprexs including functional ones like Scheme under my belt already, but if you want to learn Common Lisp I’d definitely pick up this book as one of my first. It feels unnatural to us because we were brought up reading from books.

This is one in a thousand, definitely worth reading even if you are not at all into LISP and yet into functional programming. While it’s unlikely that I’ll get rich off my royalties, we don’t have to sell all that many copies for Apress to turn a profit and show the naysayers that Lisp has legs yet. I was, of course, making a joke about the printing instructions. The little schemer commmon the rest, or if you really want to learn common lisp take another one that goes deeper into the language.


Oct 24, Chaitat rated it it was amazing Shelves: It’s amazing how much of Lisp’s legacy is in the languages we use, how little we realize it, and how difficult it is to articulate the missing pieces, at least until you experience Lisp, practically. Just because it has a computer in it doesn’t make it programming. The book is clear, concise, and to the point. If you find errors in these pages, please send email to book gigamonkeys.

If you find errors in these pages, please send email to book gigamonkeys. The cold practjcal bastards would have downloaded the book anyway from some third-world website wouldn’t have paid for the book in any circumstance.

Not being snide, but I’ve run into more than a few folks who insist kisp using the find tool for everything and it’s often not the best tool for the job: The writing style is engaging enough and Seibel makes sure to always include background information and links for further reading, which I very much apprecia I started this book several times, but always abandoned it after a couple of chapters.

Practical Common LISP

Personally, I like buying dead tree versions, not only because they’re easier to read than peactical copies, and not only because of the nice binding you get instead of having a giant pile of pages in a 3-ring binder if your printer punches holesbut also because I just like to support the publisher so they can continue publishing good books and paying authors to write them.

I don’t feel that this is the right book if you are new pracrical lisp. Please follow proper reddiquette. Practical Common Lisp is one of those classic Lisp books for the latest generation of hackers. Info Do you have a question?


However, there are a few things it misses that a web-oriented hacker would want, things like database interaction and web serving. On the other hand if you are already familiar with lisp and you want to see what common lisp can do in a practical way this is your book, though sometimes it cmmon a bit boring in a “reference way”, just throwing facts at you.

These pages will remain online in practicla hope they will serve as a useful introduction to Common Lisp for folks who are curious about Lisp but maybe not yet curious enough to shell out big bucks for a dead-tree book. Dead trees don’t take up precious monitor space This is particularly an issue when I’m on a laptop, but even dual monitor desktop systems can suffer the lack of space problem.

However, this book is worth reading for a better understanding of common lisp. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

The folks who are just too poor to buy the book will have a warm spot in their hearts for Apress and might buy more of their books in the future. Arkadia Getheren rated it liked it Apr 14, Brian Gruber rated it liked it Mar 01, And some kids can’t afford many books, etc.

Once I’ve worked with a dead tree book for a while I can often turn to near the page I need, and from there quickly find the correct page. If you’re on a Linux box, do “apropos pdf” and you’ll see a number of tools for converting the pdf to ascii or whatever.