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, December 16, 2004

Marco and I discuss REST 

After some of my postings on REST a few weeks ago, Marco Baringer contacted me and offered some opinions on the debate. Marco is the author of UnCommon Web, a web application framework designed in Common Lisp. UCW, as it is known, allows programmers to write web applications in a linear style and uses a set of macros to generate continuations "under the hood." The macros are required since Common Lisp doesn't support continuations natively.

In any case, Marco has graciously put together a web page that captures the bulk of our email exchange and posted it on the UCW web site, hosted at If you are interested in web application programming in Common Lisp and the differences between REST and continuation-based programming, the exchange may have some nuggets for you. In particular, Marco has some good experience with UCW that helps shed light on where continuation-based frameworks may make the most sense.

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