Practical Common Lisp [Peter Seibel] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying He is the author of Practical Common LISP from Apress. Read more . Practical Common Lisp is the long-awaited book that will help you For information on translations, please contact Apress directly at Apress Berkely, CA, USA © This is the first book that introduces Lisp as a language for the real world. Practical Common Lisp presents a thorough introduction to Common Lisp, providing you with an overall understanding of the .

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The whole book, one PDF, free. HTML format which I greatly prefer.

Copy and paste text, which a lot of PDF readers won’t do. Both can select text. So s he confuses me.

So Adobe purposely cripples their software which is either very expensive or adware, already! It’s also insanely slow, buggy, and when it doesn’t crash it leaves a process hanging behind.

PDF doesn’t feel like that hot format either after you’ve seen something like djvu. No one is claiming it hasn’t been. Alot of people here have been using the that link for a while. The people who WANT the material will quickly become sick of reading the pdf and will gladly pony up the cash for the dead-trees version.

The folks who are just too poor to buy the book will have a warm spot in their hearts for Apress and might buy more of their books in the future. The cold hearted bastards would have downloaded the book anyway from some third-world website wouldn’t have paid for the book in any circumstance.

Also Apress is one of those publishers where you just have to go out and buy the book once you’ve read a even a few chapters of the free text. Mark Pilgrim’s ‘Dive into Python’ was that way for me. Free on the web, but such a good book that there was practicak question that I was going to buy it.

And maybe they are testing the market for eBooks. There are pracctical portable electronic readers Sony Reader, Illiad out there that are rather useful to read these books with the look but not feel of paper.

This is still awesome.

A PDF is searchable and easier to carry around for reference. And some kids can’t afford many books, etc. My hard copy still sits proudly on my shelf. Mine just made it back to the bookcase. Eventually my usage frequency organizational system pushed it five feet from my desk where shelving it no longer required walking. True, but with dead trees you don’t have to know the exact keyword you are looking for, including the correct spelling.


Once I’ve worked apresw a dead tree book for a while I can often turn to near the page I need, and from there quickly find the correct page. Not always, but it happens often enough.

Dead trees practica take up precious monitor space This is particularly an issue when I’m on a laptop, but even dual monitor desktop systems can suffer the lack of space problem.

This isn’t to say electronic versions are worthless. However don’t overlook the advantages of a hardcopy. It’s being given away free by its publisher Apress.

Come on, guys, that was just a friendly eye-roll at the craziness that is programming. It feels unnatural to us because we were brought up reading from books. Yeah, I’m pretty much the only people I know who likes reading on the computer.

Mainly because it’s a more powerful way to read. I’m one of those alress prosaic geeks. I am going to download it and print it.

I talked to the author about giving a paypal donation as a token of my appreciation. That way he gets paid probably more than royaltiesand I don’t have to pay shipping etc.

Practical Common LISP

Maybe you could buy it and donate to the author for less. I was, of course, making a joke about the printing instructions. Though, I think euccastro has a good point. Just because you can take the time, toner, paper, and electricity to print out the book on the department laser printer, doesn’t mean it’s cost effective, or even a good idea. Personally, I like buying dead tree versions, not only because they’re easier to read than digital copies, and not only because of the nice binding you get instead of having a giant pile of pages in a 3-ring binder if your printer punches holesbut also because I just like to support the publisher so they can continue publishing good books and paying authors to write them.

Printing with suitable duplexing gives you folios that are an opportunity for even more fun in binding them into a book. In other words, freely available material will give you the opportunity in choosing your printer and bookbinder. If you get the “source” material, you can also pick your typesetter Maybe get it printed on heavy olde off-white paper, with a classic cloth hardcover, gilded fore-edges, and a built-in tassled bookmark.

I’ll buy it, but there’s no way I’m going to read it. I’ll put it in the garage with my unicycle. If you’re on a Linux box, do “apropos pdf” and you’ll see a number of tools for converting the pdf to ascii or whatever. You think about some function that should exist to make task easier, but you have all forgotten that it exist.

Youll start to make your own little program to do that and then you discover that it has been there all along. Glad I could help you out.


You do know about the locate tools I hope? Not being snide, but I’ve run into more than a few folks who insist on using the find tool for everything and it’s often not the best tool for the job: Oh, “man -k” does pretty much the same thing as apropos, “man -K” searches all man pages for a specific string which is slow but can be handy at times. Early on in my Linux life I started using tcl to “glue” together the various little gnu tools to make larger programs.

Yes, it is a very good programming language which is easy to poke fun at: Fortunaly you dont have to match parantesis manualy you can for example use the diva scheme semi-structure keybindings plugin for PLT scheme to do it automatically. No human has to worry about parens. But I largely agree, especially for Common Lisp. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement and Privacy Policy.

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Welcome to Reddit, the front page of the internet. Become a Redditor and subscribe to one of thousands of communities. Want to add to the discussion? Staying away from PDFs is considered a healthy practice. Like the PDF in question. I’m not touching any of their crap ever again. The PDF is nice as it has the book in one file easy searching that can be used offline.

Don’t be a lousy bum, buy it! The people who collect pdf’s to have them wouldn’t have bought the book anyway. Free printing through work for me. Wait until no one is printing anything. P, select page range, print.

Wait 5 to 10 minutes unless time eq “lunch” Goto first step unless book is finished. Am I allowed to download the PDF? Only for those who believe knowledge is something that has to be paid for.

Just get a python or a ruby book and get on with it.