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.

Monday, November 22, 2004

Lisp and Bad Patents 

Peter Coffee wrote an interesting column for eWeek today. It describes a completely bogus patent application submitted by the Visual Basic team at Microsoft. I completely agree with Coffee's assessment of the situation. This is absurd (and I hold five patents myself).

Interestingly, Coffee mentions Lisp, which he has a couple of times before in other columns. I wrote to him and asked whether he was a closet Lispnik and he replied,

Not "closet," I assure you. My proclivities for Lisp, Ada, and Java as languages in which I can actually think about the problem -- rather than the language -- are not meant to be secret in any way.

I'm a recovering Java programmer, myself, and have never touched Ada, but it's nice to know that people wielding the power of the pen have a soft spot for Lisp.

I also firmly believe in Coffee's last point, that service businesses must automate in order to go through any business transformation. My current company, Inkra Networks, is providing a virtualized network infrastructure solution that allows service automation on top of it.

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