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Common LISP: A Gentle Introduction to Symbolic Computationby David S. Touretzky
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This highly accessible introduction to Lisp is suitable both for novices approaching their first programming language and experienced programmers interested in exploring a key tool for artificial intelligence research. The text offers clear, reader-friendly explanations of such essential concepts as cons cell structures, evaluation rules, programs as data, and recursive and applicative programming styles.
The treatment incorporates several innovative instructional devices, such as the use of function boxes in the first two chapters to visually distinguish functions from data, use of evaltrace notation in later chapters to illustrate the operation of evaluation rules, and "Dragon stories" to explain recursion. The book contains nearly 400 diagrams and illustrations, and 77 pages of answers to exercises. Advanced topics and "toolkit" sections, and a variety of complete programs, extend readers' programming power.
Geared toward experienced programmers as well as those unfamiliar with LISP, this text offers reader-friendly explanations of the artificial intelligence program and debugging tools such as DESCRIBE, INSPECT, TRACE, and STEP. 1990 edition.
Highly accessible treatment covers cons cell structures, evaluation rules, programs as data, recursive and applicable programming styles. Nearly 400 illustrations, answers to exercises, "toolkit" sections, and a variety of complete programs. 1990 edition.
This highly accessible treatment introduces the artificial intelligence programming language known as LISP. Geared toward both experienced programmers and those unfamiliar with the language, the text features a "toolkit" in each chapter. Reader-friendly explanations of Common LISP programming and debugging tools include DESCRIBE, INSPECT, TRACE, and STEP. Numerous examples, exercises, and diagrams. 1990 edition.
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