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  • Series: Dover Books on Engineering
  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Revised edition (January 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486498204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486498201
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #576,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author gives good examples throughout the text.
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If you want to learn a language that will awaken you and teach you how to think about programming in a new light, then I highly recommend reading this book.
Jason Schorn
When i decided to buy this book, i knew nearly nothing about Common Lisp other than some myths.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By John A. Raymond on January 2, 2002
Format: Paperback
My copy is worn out, and I sure could use a NEW one...! When I buy a book, I seldom know whether it will become a staple of my library or not. This has, over the years, become part of the most central core. I have worked in LISP off and on for years, and this book unfailingly gets me back on in a hurry. Not only is it the clearest tutorial on LISP I know (it's even a literate, pleasant read!), it has the only discussion of recursion I know that's clear and fun.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By terry.west@cybersafe.com on November 8, 1997
Format: Paperback
I have been involved for three decades now with Lisp and I consider this to be a tremendous introduction to the Language. The author is meticulous in detail and writes with a sharp, witty style. The treatment of Lisp evaluation is classic in clarity and brevity. The author gives good examples throughout the text. His fancy trace utility in the books appendix is useable and an excellent example of Lisp diagnostics.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jason Schorn on April 6, 2011
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It would be simply awesome if you could order this book on-demand from the original publisher. If that were the case I would pay well for a fresh new copy. I have currently worked through the .pdf version available online ([...] and I can honestly say that this book is far better in content and, more importantly, in presentation than any other programming book I have eve read (and I have read many). After tiring from tinkering with languages such as Java (big and burdensome), C/C++ (great languages provided you like writing long, and I mean long programs, to get basic things done), C#/ASP (I hate Microsoft and will never go back) and PHP (a hack par non) I wanted to try another language that rekindled my desire to program. Enter Lisp (as well as Python, but that's another story) and Professor Touretzky's book. I tried Graham's On Lisp but found it too pedantic and verbose (maybe later), I tried Steele's Common Lisp (good but misses the mark for beginners), I tried Seibel's Practical Common Lisp (good but remind me of a Murach hack book on how to program in XYZ with little emphasis on presenting the actual language and more on hey dude here's a cool program), I tried Barski's Land of Lisp (similar to Seibel in that it's cool if you like little explanation of the language with major emphasis on just cut and paste programs), then I came across Touretzky's Common Lisp and now I love the language. The material is presented in a sound logical and user-friendly manner and, more importantly, Touretzky explains the ins-out and how-to's of the language using carefully crafted examples, exercises and well laid out diagrams. If you want to learn a language that will awaken you and teach you how to think about programming in a new light, then I highly recommend reading this book.Read more ›
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By KW Post on December 24, 2005
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This is an excellent tutorial. A good place to start before reading any of Graham's books.

Although the book is now out of print, you can use the link below to download the pdf at no expense.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By William Sturm on March 23, 2003
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I did not know anything about Lisp and this book is teaching me the basics of the language very clearly. You could not ask for a better beginners book. five stars plus...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Özgür İcan on March 13, 2009
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When i decided to buy this book, i knew nearly nothing about Common Lisp other than some myths. As i went deeper in the book; i saw that many of those myths were nothing but only the muds thrown with an ill manner over Common Lisp because of jealousy. Touretzky introduces every concept in a quite pedagogic way giving no more than a newcomer can handle. At the end of each chapter he even treats some advanced topics like tail recursion, macros etc. The only absence in the book, as far as i see, is object oriented programming features - CLOS - and package system which are not critically necessary for a novice so do not expose a serious problem, i think. I strongly recommend this monumental book to everyone who is planning to learn Common Lisp.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Fadi El-Eter on January 5, 2006
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We had a LISP course (prerequisite for AI) in the university, and our teacher used this book. I immediately fell in love with the language! This book is written in a fun way, that really makes sense. It was only from this book that I mastered the art of recursion (the cat in the hat comes back? the dragon stories?). Everything was fun about this book, you really have the sense that it was made with extreme passion and dedication; something that usually doesn't apply to programming books.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Reader on January 12, 2012
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This book is phenomenal: It takes the reader all the way from square one (literally: pencil-and-paper exercises) to solid, intermediate Lisp competence (writing macros, etc.). And it does so painlessly, almost imperceptibly, and with supreme clarity. Touretzky teaches a classic, straightforward Lisp programming style; solutions to all exercises are found at the back of the book, thus making it invaluable for self-study. It's also a wonderful language reference. If you want to learn Lisp, and the basics of functional programming, then begin here. Given the renewed interest in Lisp, this book most definitely should be "brought back".
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