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Practical Common Lisp. This page, and the pages it links to, contain text of the Common Lisp book Practical Common Lisp published by Apress These pages now contain the final text as it appears in the book.

Practical Common Lisp

If you find errors in these pages, please send email to These pages will remain online in perpetuity—I hope they will serve as a useful introduction to Common Lisp for folks who are curious about Lisp but maybe not yet curious enough to shell out big bucks for a dead-tree book and a good Common Lisp tutorial for folks who want to get down to real coding right away. However, don't let that stop you from buying the printed version available from Apress at your favorite local or online bookseller. For the complete bookstore browsing experience, you can read the letter to the reader that appears on the back cover of the treeware edition of the book.

Amazon | Powells | Barnes & Noble Download source code: tar.gz | zip Like what you've read? Common Lisp HyperSpec (TM) Programming Languages: Application and Interpretation by Shriram Krishnamurthi. How to Design Programs. Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, Video Lectures. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Video Lectures by Hal Abelson and Gerald Jay Sussman Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs has been MIT's introductory pre-professional computer science subject since 1981.

Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, Video Lectures

It emphasizes the role of computer languages as vehicles for expressing knowledge and it presents basic principles of abstraction and modularity, together with essential techniques for designing and implementing computer languages. This course has had a worldwide impact on computer science curricula over the past two decades. The accompanying textbook by Hal Abelson, Gerald Jay Sussman, and Julie Sussman is available for purchase from the MIT Press, which also provides a freely available on-line version of the complete textbook.

Note: These lectures follow the first edition (1985) of Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs. Common Lisp: A Gentle Introduction to Symbolic Computation. This book, with minor revisions, is back in print from Dover Publications and can be purchased in paperback form at, Barnes & Noble, etc. An e-book version will be released in late February, 2013. Free software accompanying the book is also available. This 1990 edition may be distributed in hardcopy form, for non-profit educational purposes, provided that no fee is charged to the recipient beyond photocopying costs. All other rights reserved. You may not redistribute the Postscript file, e.g., you may not put a copy on another web page, or include it on a CD-ROM.

Entire book -- Postscript (1.75 MB file) Entire book -- PDF (1 MB file) Figures missing from the book (780K PDF) Free software accompanying this book is also available. Materials provided by David S. Book List. A list of favorite Lisp books.

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