Books of Note

Practical Common
LispThe best intro to start your journey. Excellent coverage of CLOS.

ANSI Common
LispAnother great starting point with a different focus.

Paradigms of Artificial Intelligence
ProgrammingA superb set of Lisp examples. Not just for the AI crowd.

Thursday, April 15, 2004

Brain fried 

I flew home last night from a business trip and was reading Lisp in Small Pieces on the plane. Needless to say, I don't think the pieces were quite small enough. I was going through the chapter on denotational semantics and I think my head exploded or something. Very confusing. If you find continuations a bit strange (I still have a bit of a time wrapping my head around them), then imagine more than a few pages implementing a Scheme interpreter using continuations and lots of lambda calculus written in full Greek letters! Zoinks! I'll have to re-read it again in a couple of months. I'm sure the next time around will be much easier.

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