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Lisp in Small Pieces Hardcover – 28 Jun 1996

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"This is a good, solid book. The writing is subtle, but clear. It is certainly worth reading for anyone..." C.M. Holt, Computing Reviews

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This is a comprehensive account of the semantics and the implementation of the whole Lisp family of languages, namely Lisp, Scheme and related dialects. This will become the new standard reference for people wanting to know more about the Lisp family of languages: how they work, how they are implemented, what their variants are and why such variants exist. The full code is supplied (and also available over the Net).

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5.0 out of 5 stars I can only add a few things to the excellent reviews 3 Oct. 2013
By JohnDiego - Published on Amazon.com
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See the other reviews for contents on the content. This is an outstanding book.

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
Parution : 01/2007
Langue : Francais
Nbre de pages : 484
ISBN : 9782916466033
Reliure : Paperback
Prix : 38.00 ttc
Disponibilité : En stock. Livraison sous 24h
5.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't get better than this if you're interested in Lisp and/or language ... 16 Oct. 2014
By Nathan Slaughter - Published on Amazon.com
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It doesn't get better than this if you're interested in Lisp and/or language implementation. You can read this book on a few different levels and get plenty of mileage. First of all, you can look through the features implemented, which are generally progressive in terms of complexity and implementation, and go straight to the topic that interests you the most.

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.
5.0 out of 5 stars this is not for learning lisp! 30 Jan. 2014
By Gabriel Wernersbach Farinas - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is very good as it explains lisp implementations in full detail (also explaining the different behavior on available lisp flavors). The book doesn't cover basic lisp tutorial, so you must know lisp before reading it!
The book is very detailed on how the things work inside the language and the explanations are very clear and detailed. This is a must have for lisp enthusiastic, someone wishing to know lisp in the core or who need to implement a version of lisp compiler/interpreter for himself.
5.0 out of 5 stars Books don't cost, they provide 3 Mar. 2016
By Cecil McGregor - Published on Amazon.com
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I love lisp. This book provides even more wetware for my enthusiasm for this niche language.
While this book may seem expensive, absorbing even a portion will improve you coding techniques.

Good book, good price, seller is A++++++++++
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on implementing Lisp-like languages 1 Dec. 2007
By W. Ghost - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is excellent. It is clear but not superficial at all.

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! :-)
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