Lisp Style Rules

Riastradh’s Lisp Style Rules are a wholly holistic and unscientific take on Lisp style rules. They have helped me not only to get a better sense of how Lisp people do things, but also why. There is other stuff like this around the Internet, but this is the only I’ve found that I enjoyed reading.
While there are a lot of good rules in the guide, not all of them were new to me, so I only took notes on the ones that I found interesting for one reason or another.
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ACM SIGPLAN Lisp Pointers

While reading a (now forgotten) comp.lang.lisp post, I saw the publication ACM SIGPLAN Lisp Pointers mentioned. Unfortunately I don’t have access to this part of the digital library (for that you need to be a paying member). Perhaps this is something in to which it is worth looking.
Any time folks are interested in something which is now seen as arcane ought to look into that topics history. With enough research, the air of mysticism is usually lifted enough so that one may start to grow a more accurate perspective on the topic. This is especially relevant for Lisp and programmers today.

On Lisp

During my vacation, I skimmed Paul Graham’s book On Lisp. There were many interesting bits in there:

  • He really tries to “sell the wonder of Lisp”. I’m not sure is possible, though.
  • “Users prefer double edged swords to blunt ones”
  • I think that he loves Scheme, but uses CL for practical reasons.
  • He digs deep into code, heavily visiting macros and even implementing continuations, non-determinism, and an object system
  • He is probably a world-class hacker who will never be recognized for his talent, but instead his success
  • This is probably not a good “first Common Lisp book” as it is very deep stuff

Chicago Lisp 5/16 Meeting

The next Chicago Lisp meeting is coming up this Friday, 5/16/8. Here are the relevant links:
Chicago Lisp Information Page (for now check here first)
Chicago Lisp Homepage (eventually this will be the master information site)
I will be heading down for this meeting, and presenting at it, so if you would like to carpool let me know!
Addendum 05/21/08:
Here is the presentation and source material from my talk. This is the 25lb version of the presentation; it is not light advocacy stuff, rather, it is just a lot of crunchy bits that are meant to be discussed interactively.
Addendum 05/27/08:
Peter posted a great recap of the presentation.
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Addendum: 08/17/08
Here is an updated presentation and materials, v2.01.

A Lisp Joke that gets it right

Here is the classic programming “how do you shoot yourself in the foot” joke, brought to Lisp by someone who “gets it”!

TASK: Shoot yourself in the foot.

LISP: You shoot yourself in the appendage which holds the gun with which you shoot yourself in the appendage which holds the gun with which you shoot yourself in the appendage which holds the gun with which you shoot yourself in the appendage which holds the gun with which you shoot yourself in the appendage which holds the gun with which you shoot yourself in the appendage which holds…

(via DaniWeb)