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Humor: Arc developer wanted

2008-02-01 , , ,

Paul Graham released his language Arc, see here for the background and the January 29th, 2008 announcement.

Which brings us to this clever job posting for an Arc Developer:

Arc developer, seven+ years experience required.

It’s geek humor if you were around in the 90’s when recruiters were looking for Java developers with five to seven years of experience in a language that had only been publicly introduced in late-1995.

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Common Lisp Tutorial

2007-09-21 , , ,

Common Lisp tutorial

Ok, engaging in a bit of benign google-bombing/search-engine optimization/what-have-you here. The point is that Peter Seibel’s book, Practical Common Lisp, is a better starting point for learning Lisp than the list Marty Hall maintains but last updated in 1999. After a read through PCL the newbie can try tackling the titles Marty recommends.

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Lisp and Perl comic

2007-02-16 , , ,

This comic from xkcd gave me a laugh.

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Note to self, explore YTools

2005-12-30 , , ,

I ran across a reference to Drew McDermott on comp.lang.lisp, read his (thoughtful) screeds:

and his and his colleagues solutions collected in YTools.

Must make some time to explore this.

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Another LISP book

2005-12-14 , , ,

Treated myself to another book, Paul Graham’s ANSI Common LISP.

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What I've been reading

2005-11-29 , , ,

I may not have been blogging it but I’ve been doing some reading. I’m not sure what to make of this list:

  • Lee Parks’ Total Control. Readable with nice glossy pictures. I didn’t learn anything particularly new but I will use the drill diagrams in my next parking lot practice.
  • David S. Touretzkys Common Lisp: A Gentle Introduction to Symbolic Computation. Possibly the best $2.75 I’ve spent on a programming textbook. Genuinely entertaining for an introductory text though the LISP dialect is outdated and I was sometimes frustrated piecing it together on a modern implementation. I may throw a current edition to my son when he’s old enough.
  • Eugene Charniak’s Introduction to Artificial Intelligence. I don’t have an interest in A.I. but it has a LISP orientation and presents two very good chapters on Parsing and Searching. For $2.25, I couldn’t pass it by.
  • Guy L. Steele’s Common Lisp: The Language. Actually, that link is to the reference I should have bought. I mistakenly picked up the 1984 edition. Fortunately, it was only $2.80 and electronic versions of CLtL2 are in the CMU AI Repository.

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