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Lisp in Small Pieces

Lisp in Small Pieces

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  • Date Published: December 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521545662

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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. It describes 11 interpreters and 2 compilers, including very recent techniques of interpretation and compilation. The book is in two parts. The first starts from a simple evaluation function and enriches it with multiple name spaces, continuations and side-effects with commented variants, while at the same time the language used to define these features is reduced to a simple lambda-calculus. Denotational semantics is then naturally introduced. The second part focuses more on implementation techniques and discusses precompilation for fast interpretation: threaded code or bytecode; compilation towards C. Some extensions are also described such as dynamic evaluation, reflection, macros and objects. 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). A large bibliography is given as well as a considerable number of exercises. Thus it may also be used by students to accompany second courses on Lisp or Scheme.

    • Only up-to-date and comprehensive book on Lisp
    • French edition got rave reviews
    • Lots of code supplied, which is available over the Net
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    • Date Published: December 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521545662
    • length: 536 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.95kg
    • contains: 35 tables 74 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    To the reader
    1. The basics of interpretation
    2. Lisp, 1,2,..., w
    3. Escape & return: continuations
    4. Assignment and side effects
    5. Denotational semantics
    6. Fast interpretation
    7. Compilation
    8. Evaluation & reflection
    9. Macros: their use and abuse
    10. Compiling into C
    11. Essence of an object system
    Answers to exercises
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Christian Queinnec, Université de Paris VI (Pierre et Marie Curie)

    Translator

    Kathleen Callaway

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