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This book is out of print. The publisher has returned the copyright and rights to me, the author. I am making it available here in pdf , and dvi formats, and in two versions of ps format, a heavier font and a finer font, under the following conditions: hardcopies must retain the title and copyright pages; web links must point to this page rather than to a separate copy of the dvi, ps, or pdf file; quotes and other copies of material in the book, including programs, must include the citation: "Stuart C. Shapiro, COMMON LISP: An Interactive Approach. W. H.
In this greatly expanded edition of the defacto standard, you'll learn about the nearly 200 changes already made since original publication - and find out about gray areas likely to be revised later. Written by the Vice-Chairman of X3J13 (the ANSI committee responsible for the standardization of Common Lisp) and co-developer of the language itself, the new edition contains the entire text of the first edition plus six completely new chapters. They cover: README file and the Digital Press catalog with any distributed electronic copies of Common Lisp the Language . Known Bugs The LaTeX sources were converted to html using the latex2html program.
May 2001 (I wrote this article to help myself understand exactly what McCarthy discovered. You don't need to know this stuff to program in Lisp, but it should be helpful to anyone who wants to understand the essence of Lisp-- both in the sense of its origins and its semantic core.
With thanks to Alan Apt of Prentice Hall for giving me back the copyright and Chip Coldwell for reproducing it from the original tex files, here finally is a digital version of On Lisp . [ 600K Compressed Postscript File ] [ 1412K Postscript File ] [ 1030K PDF File ]
David S. Touretzky This book, with minor revisions, is back in print from Dover Publications and can be purchased in paperback form at Amazon.com , Barnes & Noble , etc. An e-book version will be released in late February, 2013. Free software accompanying the book is also available.
This material has been updated from the original 1984 text which I found it completely by accident in a tarball at this address: http://venus.deis.unical.it/manuals/llisp/index.html. There are errors and typos, and the version of lisp (P-Lisp, which ran on the Apple II) predates commonlisp, and no longer exists. So I encourage you to actually use this to learn Lisp! -- Jeff Shrager , 20060430 The original tarball: [112 Kb] Here's a new tutorial introduction to (LIST Processor), the much-talked-about language of artificial intelligence.