Loving Common Lisp, or the Savvy Programmer's Secret Weapon
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Loving Common Lisp, or the Savvy Programmer's Secret Weapon

About the Book

This is the fifth edition (released September 2019) of my book "Loving Common Lisp, or the Savvy Programmer's Secret Weapon." I removed some of the older material from the earlier editions and added application examples for deep learning, back-propagation and Hopfield neural networks, using the CLML machine learning library, heuristic search, and using Common Lisp clients for: MongoDB, Solr, and relational databases. For the older 3rd edition I added a chapter using my Natural Language Processing (NLP) library and a short chapter on information gathering. For the 5th edition I added an example application for generating Knowledge Graph data (RDF and Cypher for Neo4j graph database), and hybrid examples for using Python deep learning libraires (using a web service interface).

The purpose of this book is to provide a quick introduction to Common Lisp and then provide the user with many fun and useful examples for using Common Lisp.

Before you buy this book you can first look at the programming examples at https://github.com/mark-watson/loving-common-lisp

The author has used Common Lisp professionally since 1982.

This book (and all of my Leanpub books) are also available for free on my web site https://markwatson.com/books/ if you would like them for free.

About the Author

Mark Watson
Mark Watson

Interested in the author? Please visit Mark's web site at http://markwatson.com and read his blog at http://blog.markwatson.com

Mark is the author of 16 books published for Springer-Verlag, J. Wiley, McGraw-Hill, and Morgan Kaufman publishers.

Mark's client list includes Google, Disney, SAIC, CompassLabs, Embed.ly, Nintendo, Lutris Technologies, PacBell, and the Webmond Corporation.

Table of Contents

  • Cover Material, Copyright, and License
  • Preface
    • Notes on the Seventh Edition Published March 2021
    • Notes on the Sixth Edition Published June 2020
    • Notes on the Fifth Edition Published September 2019
    • Why Use Common Lisp?
    • A Request from the Author
    • Older Book Editions
    • Acknowledgments
    • Setting Up Your Common Lisp Development System and Quicklisp
    • List of Quicklisp Projects and Small Examples in this Book
  • Introduction
    • Why Did I Write this Book?
    • Free Software Tools for Common Lisp Programming
    • How is Lisp Different from Languages like Java and C++?
    • Advantages of Working in a Lisp Environment
  • Common Lisp Basics
    • Getting Started with SBCL
    • Making the repl Nicer using rlwrap
    • The Basics of Lisp Programming
    • Symbols
    • Operations on Lists
    • Using Arrays and Vectors
    • Using Strings
    • Using Hash Tables
    • Using Eval to Evaluate Lisp Forms
    • Using a Text Editor to Edit Lisp Source Files
    • Recovering from Errors
    • Garbage Collection
    • Loading your Working Environment Quickly
    • Functional Programming Concepts
  • Quicklisp
    • Using Quicklisp to Find Packages
    • Using Quicklisp to Configure Emacs and Slime
  • Defining Lisp Functions
    • Using Lambda Forms
    • Using Recursion
    • Closures
    • Using the Function eval
  • Defining Common Lisp Macros
    • Example Macro
    • Using the Splicing Operator
    • Using macroexpand-1
  • Using Common Lisp Loop Macros
    • dolist
    • dotimes
    • do
    • Using the loop Special Form to Iterate Over Vectors or Arrays
  • Common Lisp Package System
  • Input and Output
    • The Lisp read and read-line Functions
    • Lisp Printing Functions
  • Plotting Data
    • Implementing the Library
    • Packaging as a Quicklisp Project
  • Common Lisp Object System - CLOS
    • Example of Using a CLOS Class
    • Implementation of the HTMLstream Class
    • Using Defstruct or CLOS
  • Heuristically Guided Search
  • Network Programming
    • An introduction to Drakma
    • An introduction to Hunchentoot
    • Complete REST Client Server Example Using JSON for Data Serialization
    • Network Programming Wrap Up
  • Using the Microsoft Bing Search APIs
    • Getting an Access Key for Microsoft Bing Search APIs
    • Example Search Script
    • Wrap-up
  • Accessing Relational Databases
    • Database Wrap Up
  • Using MongoDB, Solr NoSQL Data Stores
    • MongoDB
    • A Common Lisp Solr Client
    • NoSQL Wrapup
  • Natural Language Processing
    • Loading and Running the NLP Library
    • Part of Speech Tagging
    • Categorizing Text
    • Detecting People’s Names and Place Names
    • Summarizing Text
    • Text Mining
  • Information Gathering
    • DBPedia Lookup Service
    • Web Spiders
    • Using Apache Nutch
    • Wrap Up
  • Linear Algebra Using the MAGICL Library
    • Installation
  • Using The CL Machine-Learning Library
    • Using the CLML Data Loading and Access APIs
    • K-Means Clustering of Cancer Data Set
    • SVM Classification of Cancer Data Set
    • CLML Wrap Up
  • Backpropagation Neural Networks
  • Hopfield Neural Networks
  • Using Python Deep Learning Models In Common Lisp With a Web Services Interface
    • Setting up the Python Web Services Used in this Chapter
    • Installing the spaCY NLP Services
    • Installing the Coreference NLP Services
    • Common Lisp Client for the spaCy NLP Web Services
    • Common Lisp Client for the Coreference NLP Web Services
    • Trouble Shooting Possible Problems - Skip if this Example Works on Your System
    • Python Interop Wrap-up
  • Using the PY4CL Library to Embed Python in Common Lisp
    • Project Structure, Building the Python Wrapper, and Running an Example
    • Implementation of spacy-py4cl
    • Trouble Shooting Possible Problems - Skip if this Example Works on Your System
    • Wrap-up for Using Py4CL
  • Semantic Web and Linked Data
    • Resource Description Framework (RDF) Data Model
    • Extending RDF with RDF Schema
    • The SPARQL Query Language
    • Case Study: Using SPARQL to Find Information about Board of Directors Members of Corporations and Organizations
    • Installing the Apache Jena Fuseki RDF Server
    • Common Lisp Client Examples for the Apache Jena Fuseki RDF Server
  • Automatically Generating Data for Knowledge Graphs
    • Implementation Notes
    • Generating RDF Data
    • Generating Data for the Neo4j Graph Database
    • Implementing the Top Level Application APIs
    • Implementing The Web Interface
    • Creating a Standalone Application Using SBCL
    • Augmenting RDF Triples in a Knowledge Graph Using DBPedia
    • KGCreator Wrap Up
  • Knowledge Graph Sampler for Creating Small Custom Knowledge Graphs
  • Knowledge Graph Navigator
    • Example Output
    • Project Configuration and Running the Application
    • Review of NLP Utilities Used in Application
    • Developing Low-Level SPARQL Utilities
    • Implementing the Caching Layer
    • Utilities to Colorize SPARQL and Generated Output
    • Text Utilities for Queries and Results
    • Using LispWorks CAPI UI Toolkit
    • Writing Utilities for the UI
    • Writing the UI
    • Wrap-up
  • Using the OpenAI APIs
  • Using Common Lisp with Wolfram/One
  • Book Wrapup

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