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Download Epub ↠ The Little LISPer · 210 pages Ü Daniel p. friedman ☆ [Reading] ➷ The Little LISPer Author Daniel P. Friedman – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk The notion that “thinking about computing is one of the most exciting things the human mind can do” sets both The Little Nyone who wants to find out what computing is really about The Little Schemer introduces computing as an extension of arithmetic and algebra; things that everyone studies in grade school and high school It introduces programs as recursive functions and briefly discusses the limits of what computers can do The authors use the programming language Scheme and interesting foods to illustrate these abstract ideas The Seasoned Schemer inf The Little Schemer is an excellent introduction to computer science concepts as they relate to the SchemeLisp way of programming It is heavily focused on recursion as a core fundamental part of computer programs in a way that many other computer science books are not Functional programming concepts are covered but this is not a strictly functional book Concepts are presented naturally and their importance emerges from the examples The book never stops to say Okay here comes an important concept called X A summary of contents appears at the bottom You will notice immediately that the book is written as a uestion and answer dialogue with a combination of prose and code The entire book is in this format Some uestions are conceptual some relate to the step by step execution of code and some uestions are prompts for the student to write code as a sort of exercise These exercises are normally answered a uestion or two down the line Whether you work out the exercises or wait for the answers please type all the code This book is meant to be read in front of a computer The book does not always assume this but each step is much meaningful when you observe its effects The book's format lends it to a step by step investigation of the workings of a computer program This is intentionally contrary to the common format where exercisesinteraction are preceded by pages and pages of explanationtheory What this book is not My First Computer Programming Book Schemer assumes you have familiarity with computers and you do not need help getting Scheme up and running This book is probably not for children unless they are unnaturally patient An extensive guide to Scheme features Schemer actually makes a point of using as few built in functions as possible so that the student is building their own tools to support further learning A guide to programming efficiency Example code is written in a way that teaches best but doesn't necessarily execute the fastest What this book is A completely approachable alternative to SICP Structure and Implementation of Computer Programs This book plus The Seasoned Schemer cover much of the material SICP does but in my opinion is presented in a less academic and understandable way than SICP Very methodical Step by step is Little Schemer's way It may seem slow if you already understand a concept being presented Example driven Please type in all the examples or you won't absorb the material Summary of Contents 0 Preface NOTE Contains code REUIRED to run programs in the book1 Toys The basic building blocks of a Scheme program and basic functions2 Do It Do It Again and Again and Again Recursion as a means of dealing with long lists of data3 Cons the Magnificent Building lists and data structures from basic parts4 Numbers Games Build functions that work with lists of numbers from almost scratch5 Oh My Gawd It's Full of Stars Working with nested branched data structures using recursion6 Shadows Create domain specific languages new syntax without macros like it's no big deal7 Friends and Relations Working with sets and set theory the easy way8 Lambda the Ultimate Solving problems flexibly by passing functions as data9 And Again And Again And Again Concerns computability the halting problem and the Applicative Order Y Combinator This is the weakest chapter in the book and the explanation of the Y Combinator was the only one I did not understand A very good explanation of this concept is located here What Is the Value of All This? A good uestion This chapter combines concepts and code covered and written in previous chapters in order to build a small working version of Scheme inside Scheme This chapter offers some insight into how a computer handles the code you write for it and building a working Scheme interpreter is deeply satisfying Note that although SICP also implements a Scheme evaluator Schemer's is understandable to me That is one of the many reasons I rate this book above SICP

The Little LISPerNyone who wants to find out what computing is really about The Little Schemer introduces computing as an extension of arithmetic and algebra; things that everyone studies in grade school and high school It introduces programs as recursive functions and briefly discusses the limits of what computers can do The authors use the programming language Scheme and interesting foods to illustrate these abstract ideas The Seasoned Schemer inf The Little Schemer is an excellent introduction to computer science concepts as they relate to the SchemeLisp way of programming It is heavily focused on recursion as a core fundamental part of computer programs in a way that many other computer science books are not Functional programming concepts are covered but this is not a strictly functional book Concepts are presented naturally and their importance emerges from the examples The book never stops to say Okay here comes an important concept called X A summary of contents appears at the bottom You will notice immediately that the book is written as a uestion and answer dialogue with a combination of prose and code The entire book is in this format Some uestions are conceptual some relate to the step by step execution of code and some uestions are prompts for the student to write code as a sort of exercise These exercises are normally answered a uestion or two down the line Whether you work out the exercises or wait for the answers please type all the code This book is meant to be read in front of a computer The book does not always assume this but each step is much meaningful when you observe its effects The book's format lends it to a step by step investigation of the workings of a computer program This is intentionally contrary to the common format where exercisesinteraction are preceded by pages and pages of explanationtheory What this book is not My First Computer Programming Book Schemer assumes you have familiarity with computers and you do not need help getting Scheme up and running This book is probably not for children unless they are unnaturally patient An extensive guide to Scheme features Schemer actually makes a point of using as few built in functions as possible so that the student is building their own tools to support further learning A guide to programming efficiency Example code is written in a way that teaches best but doesn't necessarily execute the fastest What this book is A completely approachable alternative to SICP Structure and Implementation of Computer Programs This book plus The Seasoned Schemer cover much of the material SICP does but in my opinion is presented in a less academic and understandable way than SICP Very methodical Step by step is Little Schemer's way It may seem slow if you already understand a concept being presented Example driven Please type in all the examples or you won't absorb the material Summary of Contents 0 Preface NOTE Contains code REUIRED to run programs in the book1 Toys The basic building blocks of a Scheme program and basic functions2 Do It Do It Again and Again and Again Recursion as a means of dealing with long lists of data3 Cons the Magnificent Building lists and data structures from basic parts4 Numbers Games Build functions that work with lists of numbers from almost scratch5 Oh My Gawd It's Full of Stars Working with nested branched data structures using recursion6 Shadows Create domain specific languages new syntax without macros like it's no big deal7 Friends and Relations Working with sets and set theory the easy way8 Lambda the Ultimate Solving problems flexibly by passing functions as data9 And Again And Again And Again Concerns computability the halting problem and the Applicative Order Y Combinator This is the weakest chapter in the book and the explanation of the Y Combinator was the only one I did not understand A very good explanation of this concept is located here What Is the Value of All This? A good uestion This chapter combines concepts and code covered and written in previous chapters in order to build a small working version of Scheme inside Scheme This chapter offers some insight into how a computer handles the code you write for it and building a working Scheme interpreter is deeply satisfying Note that although SICP also implements a Scheme evaluator Schemer's is understandable to me That is one of the many reasons I rate this book above SICP

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The Little LISPer Ë The notion that “thinking about computing is one of the most exciting things the human mind can do” sets both The Little Schemer formerly known as The Little LISPer and its new companion volume The Seasoned Schemer apart from other books on LISP The authors' enthusiasm for their subject is compelling as they present abstract concepts in a humorous and easy to grasp fashion Together these books will open new doors of thought to a Is this a good book?Yes it is Now go have a sandwich Mobi ✓ The Little LISPer ↠ Daniel P. Friedman

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Daniel P. Friedman ↠ The Little LISPer Book Orms the reader about additional dimensions of computing functions as values change of state and exceptional cases The Little LISPer has been a popular introduction to LISP for many years It had appeared in French and Japanese The Little Schemer and The Seasoned Schemer are worthy successors and will prove eually popular as textbooks for Scheme courses as well as companion texts for any complete introductory course in Computer Scien A pet peeve of mine is how the uality of books on technical subjects computers specifically has decline so radically since kaff I stopped writing them Seriously a famous book on Rails—perhaps considered the canonical book it's so popular—epitomizes the awfulness of it all How you ask? Well I went through said book and counted the number of things you had to learn in the first chapter and came up with a total 1717 things Bob Only two of those were actually Ruby and Rails The others were packaging tools testing tools clever DSLs for doing things like HTML that didn't actually relieve you of having to know HTML and a great many of these things presented with the conceit Well it's just like English so you know what it doesExcept of course it isn't English and even if it were English it wouldn't be precise enough to be usefulContrast now with The Little Schemer It's not that this is an easy book Despite being under 200 pages in a friendly sparse two column format sprinkled with cartoons and loaded with food references it can at times be brutal But that's not because it's overloading you with a bunch of unrelated material; it's because it's teaching you something very abstract and often rather challenging functional programmingI actually read through this in a short time because I wanted to read the The Reasoned Schemer and I didn't want to find myself struggling with the syntactic differences between Clojure and Scheme Even as someone who's been getting results out of FP for two years in going through the exercises which you must it's the whole point of the book I found it necessary to take breaks and really chew on a few thingsThe point though is that this book tells you a little something has you get used to the idea and the action of doing it then it tells you a little something Then with all the little somethings it builds to a new concept a new action a new set of little somethings There are ten commandments given introduced as the concepts are introduced then refined when the concepts are refined Ultimately though all very simple if not always in the words of a certain Clojure creator easyWhat you don't find is anything that isn't functional programming In fact the main issue I had with the book was figuring out how and where to run the code Racket is a great choice I discovered There's a simple IDE called Dr Racket that lets you write code test code and even step through code if you get stuck I had a smaller problem with the We're going to use a word without defining it precisely approach—normally that's just throw the book away territory for me and you'd be surprised how many books do this—but it's actually done well here You're led to infer the meanings of these undefined terms through many examples Much like the commandments this means you get a definition for the word that works then you get a refinement later onIt's very well done I wish I could say this heralded a sea change in the world of technical writing but as it turns out this book is an update actually considered the fourth edition of The Little LISPer first written in 1974It's not really surprising Modern books are geared toward git 'er done You don't learn how to web program here You don't even learn how to read a file or print anything out You don't display any graphics or connect to the Internet The final chapter here has you building a Lisp interpreter which is pretty impressive for a 200 page beginner book but not practical But that stuff all changes and none of those books will last for 40 years None of them will change the way you think eitherBut this book can if you go through it