October 02, 2003
Seibel's First Three Chapters
Peter Seibel's book on Common Lisp is taking shape before our eyes; The first three chapters are at a point where Peter is soliciting comments.
Posted by jjwiseman at October 02, 2003 03:25 PM
Just read the chapter on macros. Good writing style. When I'm reading books, I often wonder about "alternate universe" scenarios, like when he mentions how lisp machines defined macros. There's often too much sweeping obsolete designs under the rug. It was very refreshing when the Aho et al compiler book mentioned how tedious parser writing was before the Chomsky hierarchy was used.
I wonder though if mentioning stuff like Java's log4j dates the book. Probably doesn't matter. I know I wasn't a big fan of log4j, and the example spoke to me.