The Seasoned Schemer

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drawings by Duane Bibbyforeword and afterword by Guy L. Steele Jr.The notion that"thinking about computing is one of the most exciting things the human mind can do" sets both TheLittle Schemer (formerly known as The Little LISPer) and its new companion volume, The SeasonedSchemer, apart from other books on LISP. The authors' enthusiasm for their subject is compelling as they present abstract concepts in a humorous and easy-to-grasp fashion. Together, these books will open new doors of thought to anyone who wants ...

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Overview

drawings by Duane Bibbyforeword and afterword by Guy L. Steele Jr.The notion that"thinking about computing is one of the most exciting things the human mind can do" sets both TheLittle Schemer (formerly known as The Little LISPer) and its new companion volume, The SeasonedSchemer, apart from other books on LISP. The authors' enthusiasm for their subject is compelling as they present abstract concepts in a humorous and easy-to-grasp fashion. Together, these books will open new doors of thought to anyone who wants to find out what computing is really about. The LittleSchemer introduces computing as an extension of arithmetic and algebra ;things that everyone studies in grade school and high school. It introduces programs as recursive functions and briefly discusses the limits of what computers can do. The authors use the programming language Scheme, and interesting foods to illustrate these abstract ideas. The Seasoned Schemer informs the reader about additional dimensions of computing: functions as values, change of state, and exceptional cases. TheLittle LISPer has been a popular introduction to LISP for many years. It had appeared in French andJapanese. The Little Schemer and The SeasonedSchemer are worthy successors and will prove equally popular as textbooks for Scheme courses as well as companion texts for any complete introductory course in Computer Science.

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"I learned more about LISP from this book than I have from any of the other LISPbooks I've read over the years.... While other books will tell you the mechanics of LISP, they can leave you largely uninformed on the style of problem-solving for which LISP is optimized. The LittleLISPer teaches you how to think in the LISP language... an inexpensive, enjoyable introduction."Gregg Williams, Byte
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262561006
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 12/21/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 896,115
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel P. Friedman is Professor of Computer Science at Indiana University and is the author of many books published by the MIT Press, including The Little Schemer (fourth edition, 1995), The Seasoned Schemer (1995), A Little Java, A FewPatterns (1997), each of these coauthored with Matthias Felleisen, and TheReasoned Schemer (2005), coauthored with William E. Byrd and Oleg Kiselyov.

Matthias Felleisen is Trustee Professor of Computer Science at Northeastern University,recipient of the Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award, and co-author (with Daniel Friedman)of The Little Schemer and three other "Little" books published by the MITPress.

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Table of Contents

Welcome Back to the Show
Take Cover
Hop, Skip and Jump
Let There Be Names
The Difference Between Men and Boys
Ready, Set, Bang!
We Change, Therefore We Are!
We Change, Therefore We Are the Same!
Absconding with the Jewels
What's in Store?
Welcome to the Show
IndeX
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