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pjmlp · 2016-12-16 · Original thread
Yes, this quite good book, "Lisp in Small Pieces"

segmondy · 2015-10-30 · Original thread
if you really want to learn to build lisp, please lookup "lisp in small pieces"
chollida1 · 2015-03-23 · Original thread
Would highly recommend this book, with the caveat of only if you are a common lisp user with a fair bit of experience using common lisp.

This book goes into some of the more advanced uses of macros and I don't believe most carries over to other "lisps".

I really loved the section on reader macros!! That's a topic that doesn't get enough attention from people coming to common lisp.

I don't believe clojure, for example, supports user defined reader macros, atleast I can't remember it having them the last time I used it(circa 2011).

EDIT, it looks like clojure does have reader macros now. Clojure just keeps getting better:)

In addition to Let over Lambda, my common lisp reading list includes:


I'd love to hear if anyone else has book recommendations in a similar vein. I'm in the middle of a month off to read books and research papers so this is pretty timely for me:)

webnrrd2k · 2015-02-28 · Original thread
Excellent -- a much gentler version of Lisp In Small Pieces. (
fredyr · 2014-05-19 · Original thread
Richard Bird, Philip Wadler - Introduction to Functional Programming

Richard Bird - Pearls of Functional Algorithm Design

Christian Queinnec - Lisp in Small Pieces

pdelgallego · 2013-07-23 · Original thread
You might enjoy Lisp in Small Pieces. Is one of my favorite books

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.

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.

raganwald · 2012-03-26 · Original thread
My (pricey) favourite is Lisp In Small Pieces:

Note that Peter Norvig gives it a five-star review.

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sb · 2011-06-26 · Original thread
larsberg has already given several suggestions, however, since nobody else mentioned it yet, you might want to complete your view of functional programming language implementation by taking a look at "Lisp in Small Pieces" by Christian Queinnec (
pdelgallego · 2011-05-06 · Original thread
The best lisp project is a lisp interpreter/compiler in Lisp.

Take a look to Lisp in Small Pieces[1] if you are interested in something beyond the metacircular evaluator from SICP.

Read the code of Racket, you will learn a lot from it.


hvs · 2010-11-29 · Original thread
If you're interested in getting into the details of implementing a Lisp/Scheme interpreter and compiler, I highly recommend Lisp in Small Pieces:
Shooter · 2007-09-24 · Original thread
Everyone beat me to the punch, but my starting list for Common Lisp is:

1. A Gentle Introduction to Symbolic Computation.

2. Practical Common Lisp

3. ANSI Common Lisp

4. On Lisp

5. Paradigms of Artifical Intelligence Programming

6. Lisp in Small Pieces

SICP is also amazing...and there are at least three sets of videos to go with the book (Abelson/Sussman and HP/MIT, ArsDigita, and UC-Berkeley.)

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