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The Little LISPer, Third Edition 3rd Edition

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ISBN-10: 0023397632
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"This is a wonderful extension of an already lovely book. Dan Friedman and Matthias Felleisen are in love with recursive thinking, and with Lisp as a vehicle for explaining it.... The authors carry total novices from childish 'toys' all the way to extremely abstract concepts deep in the heart of logic and computation. And yet from beginning to end, it's done with humor and obvious, infectious joy ... by no means just another guide to programming tricks and tools ... it is a rich, spicy, deep dish. If it were a pizza I would love eating it!"
- Douglas Hofstadter, author of Gödel, Escher, Bach



"Many readers will be delighted and edified by Friedman and Felleisen's novel approach to the recursive programming language Lisp."
- Raymond Smullyan, author of To Mock a Mockingbird --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Daniel P. Friedman is Professor of Computer Science at Indiana University and coauthor of "The Little Schemer" (fourth edition), "The Reasoned Schemer, The Seasoned Schemer", and " Essentials of Programming Languages "(third edition), all published by the MIT Press.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 3 edition (March 30, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0023397632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0023397639
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,452,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read this beautiful little book as a child and it has never left me. It left me with a clear and straightforward understanding of the basics of LISP -- in this it remains possibly the most enjoyable and time-efficient technical book I've ever read, but much more than this it is a book I still often call to mind as an example of good pedagogy or simply of good design in any field.
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The pinnacle of the act of teaching is to be simultaneously clear, simple, interesting, and complete. This is rarely achieved in person, and almost never in writing; "The Little LISPer" achieves it. I believe this defines what a teaching book can be. It is brief. It can be read in snippets, at any pace. It will maintain the interest of anyone who comes to learn. The reader is left ready to write Lisp code, no matter what background precedes it.
I read this book in high school in 1982; it taught me enough that five years later I aced a four-credit independent study class in Lisp (at an Ivy League college) without any further reading. Hey, I *told* him I already knew Lisp! Dr. Friedman, I hope you come across this endorsement some day; please accept my thanks for creating this wonderful little gem. (Pass the pizza, please, I have a little more to write...)
I cannot endorse this book highly enough. If you want to learn Lisp, I know of no better place to go.
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I gave an earlier edition of The Little LISPer a glowing review in Byte in 1980. It was then the best introductory book on programming, regardless of language, and I still haven't seen anything to compare with it.
The greatest strength of LISP is its firm base in the essentials of the mathematics of computability, including Goedel's recursive functions and Church's Lambda calculus. It uses a single data structure, the linked list, and a minimum of programming primitives, all with well-known mathematical properties. For those who don't know the mathematics, this base in simple concepts means that LISP is one of the easiest programming languages to understand, and at the same time one of the most powerful.
The greatest strength of Little LISPer is its easy and natural sequence of steps for introducing data types and structures (numeric, text, and Boolean atoms organized in lists and trees) along with the recursive programming structures that are natural for creating and processing them.
I have just ordered the third edition for my son who is learning programming (if he can get it away from me).
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