Paradigms of Artificial Intelligence Programming: Case Studies in Common Lisp 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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I'm an undergrad. I bought this to learn Lisp, and it's absolutely blown my mind with how good it is. I've learned more from this book than I ever will from my college classes. I'd say this has been a really good introduction to Lisp, and a really good introduction to AI. It's easily becoming my favorite programming book. It's covered more material than 3/4 of my programming classes combined.
The kindle version is bad though. The syntax is all wonky, which is critical when you need to differentiate `s from 's and ,s from .s. There are tons of misspellings in the kindle version. The code formatting is very difficult to read. Thankfully I've been able to get the code from the Peter Norvig's web page. If you can, get the paper edition. This is the second Common Lisp book I've read, so I've had enough experience that I can debug all of these problems myself.
For CL part - the best CL introduction and real world usage book in my opinion. Yes, I've read PCL, yet still this book digs a lot deeper when it comes to optimization patterns for Common Lisp. Motivation for almost every design choice is clear (overcoming Prolog's drawbacks is one of my favorite parts).
Also this book offers a variety of exercises and some of those are quite a time-killers.
As for cons - some of the exercises are formulated a bit freely. And again, book is 20 years old, so some content is a bit outdated, especially techno-related.
Nevertheless, the kindle version has a lot of problems. The code blocks are images, so I can't resize the fonts, show them in the projector during the class doesn't work. There are a lot of small typos in the text. Some cross-references like "in page X" must be rewrite to links that better fit the electronic format. I am very frustrated with the current electronic version and I hope that Amazon improve it soon. It would be great to have some feedback from Amazon about my suggestions of improvement.
very enthusastic about AI and programming. From a glimpse of the book, I know it is valuable for learner both of AI and Common Lisp. So I decided to buy one for myself.
This book is a great read, both the code and non-code sections. Peter Norvig is clearly passionate about AI, and it comes through in his examples. His writing is clear and fun to read. His code examples are fantastic. When he begins a chapter by describing a problem, you think "wow, that's going to take ages to get through." Then you flip the page, and he's got all the code down on the next page. It's a real joy to see clear, concise, well-written code like this. This is probably what musicians feel when they listen to a Beethoven sonata.
The bad: the examples are historical (read: dated), and they don't teach you a whole lot about either AI or Lisp. If you know depth first search and regular expressions, you can breeze through the first 250 pages of this book: it won't show you anything besides some very well-written code (which, let me emphasize again, is really great to read). Unless you are using Lisp as your programming language (I'm using Haskell), section 3 (optimizing your Lisp code + Logic programming) will be hit and miss too.
So, to sum up:
If you want to learn Lisp, Norvig recommends Paul Graham's book.
If you want to learn AI, Norvig has written AI: A Modern Approach.
I spent five bucks on a used copy of this book, and felt like I got my money's worth. I would definitely not spend $80+ on it.
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