By Robert Wilensky
First there has been LISPcraft, an instructional creation to Franz LISP, the main greatly on hand genuine dialect of LISP. Now Robert Wilensky introduces scholars, academics, and execs to universal LISP.
In an interactive consultation with the interpreter, readers of this ebook are brought to the weather of the typical LISP language in addition to to problems with programming style.
Full documentation of each universal LISP functionality, image, and character.
Standardization notes highlighted within the textual content. those draw realization to language gains which are unspecified by means of the definition of universal LISP, that rely on the documentation, or that could be diversified in different LISP dialects.
Detailed exposition of specific universal LISP good points, together with multiple-value returns, constructions, applications, and customary LISP facts types.
Expanded therapy of recursion, plus complete dialogue of I/O, debugging, process features, and compilation.
Examples of numerous programming kinds, with reviews on reliable and undesirable style.
Exercises that supply instructions for additional explorations, with a SolutionsManual to be had upon request.
Two utilized examples within the ultimate chapters, to provide the flavour of large-scale programming.
Appendices summarizing universal LISP services and specific characters.
Detachable pocket reference card to be used on the terminal.
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12 Leaving LISP (By the way, the variables denoted by the symbols * and + happen to serve a special function in Common LISP. This function has nothing to do with their role as arithmetic functions. Their use as variables, as well as that of every other Common LISP symbol used in a similar manner, is described in Appendix B. Changing or accessing the value of any of these symbols may have unexpected results. ) Atoms So far, we have encountered three different kinds of LISP objects: symbols, numbers, and lists.
Length (a b c)) returns 3. Use length to check your assessment of ' the lengths of the (4) Assign (a (5) b c X the a b c). lists in Exercise value (a b 1 c). Use this produce to Write the expression " (a) using quote rather than is the expression a? ' . What the list data type ' (6) (7) (8) Assign X the value y. the value (1 2 3) to y. What is Now, without mentioning y explicitly, assign the difference between the following s-expressions: (a) (cor (setq (b) (cor '(setq x'(a be))) x '(o b Evaluating (caododr '(a '(b evaluating (coodr (codr '(a '(b c))) (c)))) returns the (c))))).
Ones that always evaluate to themselves. They are just very simple Chapter Getting Started 1 Expressions Always Return a Value Another general rule about sions always return a value. LISP that has been When we true so far is that expres- evaluate the innermost argument of a complicated expression, the result is a value that is used by the next stage of our computation. Eventually, a value is returned from the evaluation of the whole expression. LISP prints this value back to the user. 4. Arguments to Functions Our examples above all contain two arguments.