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On Lisp: Advanced Techniques for Common Lisp

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This book is intended for anyone who wants to become a better Lisp programmer. It assumes some familiarity with Lisp, but not necessarily extensive programming experience. The first few chapters contain a fair amount of review. I hope that these sections will be interesting to more experienced Lisp programmers as well, because they present familiar subjects in a new light.

Written by a LISP expert, this is the most comprehensive tutorial available on the advanced LISP features and programming techniques. It shows how to program in the bottom-up style that is ideal for LISP programming, and includes a unique, practical collection of LISP programming techniques that shows how to take advantage of the languages design for highly efficient programming in a wide variety of (non-artificial intelligence) applications.* uses an innovative bottom-up approach to programming in LISP - an approach that is ideally suited to LISP and especially effective in dealing with unusually large or difficult programs. * offers a complete tutorial on valuable LISP macros and LISP macro programming techniques, including practical advice on when - and when not - to use macros. * shows how to put Lisp macros to work in a variety of real applications. * explains what makes LISP different from other languages - how to do in LISP what cant be done - or done easily - in other languages. * begins with two comprehensive chapters on functions and shows how to use functions to extend LISP. * covers embedded languages, showing how to use LISP for a database application and how to build a programming environment on top of LISP. * covers object-oriented programming and advanced data structures. * contains hundreds of working examples - ranging from single expressions to a working Prolog implementation.

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