- Hardcover: 534 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press (June 28, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521562473
- ISBN-13: 978-0521562478
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.3 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,877,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lisp in Small Pieces
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I would caution you that this shouldn't be a first book on language implementation. I couldn't enumerate off hand, all of the documents that I've read on the topic - including quite a few that were Lisp specific - and I'd rank this one pretty in terms of difficulty. But the great thing is that the author is methodical about incrementally introducing and explaining the features. That still requires a lot of rumination from me to build the necessary framework inside of my skull.
This book is an exact copy of the hardback, although the number of pages differs. Amazon is now counting the sides of all pages in the PDF/physical book, which isn't the way pages in books are usually counted.
There is a second edition of this book published January 2007, but it is only avaiable in French, published by Paracamplus and available from lmet.fr. They seem to be the only distributor.
Auteur(s) : QUEINNEC
Editeur : PARACAMPLUS
Parution : 01/2007
Langue : Francais
Nbre de pages : 484
ISBN : 9782916466033
Reliure : Paperback
Prix : 38.00 ttc
Disponibilité : En stock. Livraison sous 24h
While this book may seem expensive, absorbing even a portion will improve you coding techniques.
Good book, good price, seller is A++++++++++
Queinnec explains from the basics of Lisp implementation (evaluation of S-expressions) to techniques for compiling into C. You will find very good advice on how to implement macros, continuations and higher-order functions. If you want to implement Lisp, Scheme or any other language actually, buy this book!
Besides being an excellent technical text, the book is also a great pleasure to read, because of Queinnec's writing style.
Also, there are exercises -- with answers! :-)
I enjoy reading that book because the author gives a deep
insight into the inner workings and structure of compilers/
interpreters for the whole family of LISP languages and beyond.
It's a hard read (at least for me) - mostly because it contains
too much information and you need to follow the code sections
on almost every page (written in Scheme), but it deserves every
hour you'll dedicate to reading it.
Where this book falls short is as it approaches final code generation --- after you've generated the first working intermediate representation and want to start producing code you'd actually want to compiler. I recommend Appel's first book (Compiling with Continuations) for some tips on the basic optimization phases required in a functional compiler.