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1.0 out of 5 stars Long winded and irrelevant., 13 Feb 2002
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This review is from: Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, 2nd Edition (MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) (Paperback)
Fails to explain simple concepts simply. Lingers over concepts that are not that useful in the real world (recursion, lazy evaluation). Fails to explore some major concepts (useability, system specification) adequatly. Scheme is the wrong tool to explain OO concepts, the rest of the world has moved onto better languages. This book is stuck in 1985. This book should be retitled Structure and Interpretation of Unmaintainable Bloatware.
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Initial post: 15 Jan 2010 10:16:00 GMT
J. Hartley says:
Hi. I'm a professional programmer. For what it's worth, I find recursion and lazy evaluation are very useful and practical ideas that get used extremely frequently. I think that whether the rest of the world has moved on to 'better' languages is a controversial statement - it can be argued that Scheme is a much better language than many of the popular ones today (eg. Visual Basic?), but it is just not as popular, perhaps because it is not immediately as intuitive at first. With respect, Jonathan

Posted on 19 Oct 2012 09:25:05 BDT
A. Rodgers says:
The world is full of "unmaintainable bloatware", very little of which (if any) is written in Scheme!

Posted on 6 Dec 2012 09:12:08 GMT
Last edited by the author on 7 Jul 2013 14:15:50 BDT
Lambdas in .net.

Recursion and sequences in F#.

Think the realworld caught up. And this just a small part of .net, itself only one particular approach among many.
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