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

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

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About the Book

This is the third edition 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 using Common Lisp clients for: MongoDB, Solr, CouchDB, and relational databases. I also added a chapter using my Natural Language Processing (NLP) library and a short chapter on information gathering.

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 Lisp programming languages professionally since the 1980s.

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Table of Contents

  • Preface
    • Acknowledgments
  • 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
  • Defining Lisp Functions
    • Using Lambda Forms
    • Using Recursion
    • Closures
  • Quicklisp
    • Using Quicklisp to Find Packages
    • Using Quicklisp to Configure Emacs and Slime
  • Defining Common Lisp Macros
    • Example Macro
    • Using the Splicing Operator
    • Using macroexpand-1
  • Using Common Lisp Loop Macros
    • dolist
    • dotimes
    • do
  • Common Lisp Package System
  • Input and Output
    • The Lisp read and read-line Functions
    • Lisp Printing Functions
  • Common Lisp Object System - CLOS
    • Example of Using a CLOS Class
    • Implementation of the HTMLstream Class
  • Network Programming
    • An introduction to Drakma
    • An introduction to Hunchentoot
    • Complete REST Client Server Example Using JSON for Data Serialization
  • Accessing Relational Databases
  • Using MongoDB, CouchDB, and Solr NoSQL Data Stores
    • MongoDB
    • CouchDB
    • A Common Lisp Solr Client
    • NoSQL Wrapup
  • Natural Language Processing
    • Loading and Running the NLP Library
    • Part of Speech Tagging
    • Categorizing Text
    • Stemming Text
    • Detecting People’s Names and Place Names
    • Summarizing Text
    • Text Mining
  • Information Gathering
    • DBPedia Lookup Service
    • Web Spiders
    • Using Apache Nutch
    • Wrap Up

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