The Lisp Alien arrived: a “Land of Lisp” review/opinion

I finished reading Land of Lisp (LoL) from cover to cover some days ago. I bought the print+pdf pack the day it was released, because I simply couldn’t resist. The video and the comic available on the website convinced me that, even if it was the worst book in the world (which it obviously isn’t), … Continue reading The Lisp Alien arrived: a “Land of Lisp” review/opinion

The answer is 1 if…

… you know something about Floating-Point Arithmetic and if you use Common Lisp. :-) Background: recent story that appeared on reddit. From time to time there is always an article about this issue. I am surprised by the amount of people who simply are unaware of it or who don’t care. And it’s not just … Continue reading The answer is 1 if…

Simple things in Lisp

This post is more a note to myself, so that I shouldn’t forget some interesting things, but perhaps trivial, that I came across this week. It ranges from those kind of things you sometimes bump into them and then forget, to the those you seldom use and suddenly find them cool. Instead of writing it … Continue reading Simple things in Lisp

Quicklisp or: How I learned to stop worrying and love installing Common Lisp libraries

Common Lisp is one of those languages that you either love or hate (for any definition). Unfortunately, the later group is rather quite large and the reasons for that dislike go from the simple parenthesis (I still wonder what these little fellas did to annoy so many people) to many other things. One of them … Continue reading Quicklisp or: How I learned to stop worrying and love installing Common Lisp┬álibraries

Original implementation of Javascript in CL

Thanks to a tweet from Tiago Charters de Azevedo, I learned today that Mozilla’s CVS tree still contains the original implementation of Javascript written in Common Lisp. I always found interesting to see examples of Lisp being used in places most people wouldn’t dream of (even if later it’s replaced by another language implementation). The … Continue reading Original implementation of Javascript in CL