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Practical Common Lisp

Lisp is often thought of as an academic language, but it need not be. This is the first book that introduces Lisp as a language for the real world.

Practical Common Lisp presents a thorough introduction to Common Lisp, providing you with an overall understanding of the language features and how they work.

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On Lisp

On Lisp is a comprehensive study of advanced Lisp techniques, with bottom-up programming as the unifying theme. It gives the first complete description of macros and macro applications. The book also covers important subjects related to bottom-up programming, including functional programming, rapid prototyping, interactive development, and embedded languages.

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Successful Lisp

How to understand and use Common Lisp.

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Lisp Hackers

Interviews with Common Lisp programmers.

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Lisp Web Tales

Develop Web applications in Common Lisp.


Common Lisp Recipes

Find solutions to problems and answers to questions you are likely to encounter when writing real-world applications in Common Lisp. This book covers areas as diverse as web programming, databases, graphical user interfaces, integration with other programming languages, multi-threading, and mobile devices as well as debugging techniques and optimization, to name just a few.


Land of Lisp

Learn to Program in Lisp, One Game at a Time!


Programming Algorithms

A comprehensive guide to writing efficient programs with examples in Lisp.


Let Over Lambda - 50 Years of Lisp

Let Over Lambda is one of the most hardcore computer programming books out there. Starting with the fundamentals, it describes the most advanced features of the most advanced language: COMMON LISP. The point of this book is to expose you to ideas that you might otherwise never be exposed to.


Loving Common Lisp, or the Savvy Programmer's Secret Weapon

The purpose of this book is to provide a quick introduction to Common Lisp and then provide the user with many fun and useful examples for using Common Lisp. The author has used Common Lisp professionally since 1982..



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