- Series: MIT Press
- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: The MIT Press; fourth edition edition (December 21, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0262560992
- ISBN-13: 978-0262560993
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 68 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This delightful book leads you through the basic elements of programming in Scheme (a Lisp dialect) via a series of dialogues with well-chosen questions and exercises. Besides teaching Scheme, The Little Schemer teaches the reader how to think about computation. The authors focus on ten essential concepts of thinking about how to compute and demonstrate how to apply these concepts in inventive ways. The Little Schemer is an excellent book both for the beginner and for the seasoned programmer.
I learned more about LISP from this book than I have from any of the other LISP books I've read over the years...While other books will tell you the mechanics of LISP, they can leave you largely uninformed on the style of problem-solving for which LISP is optimized. The Little LISPer teaches you how to think in the LISP language...an inexpensive, enjoyable introduction.(Gregg Williams Byte)
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The key to enjoying this book is to not get hung up on the non-code questions. The book is written as a list of questions and answers, and it's frustrating to try to answer the non-code questions because they are often unguessable:
Q: Is that bad?
A: You must beware of shadows
Quickly read through the non-code questions and answers. But try to answer the code questions - that's the stuff that's fun and interesting.
Q: Write fun? with set? and firsts
A: (define fun? (lambda (rel) (set? (firsts rel))))
You'll find pencil and paper to be too slow for this stuff; a text editor is more convenient. But you need not bother running the code through a compiler - the answers are given on the same page.