lisp-lang.org, the new home of Common Lisp on the web.
Previously, if someone wanted to learn Common Lisp, the language, their best
bet was Peter Seibel’s Practical Common Lisp. But the book, written in
2005, doesn’t cover setting up a modern Common Lisp environment: tools like
Quickdocs are more recent inventions.
Learning how to write ‘ASDF’ systems (think
package.json), how a library
should be structured, where to find documentation (the answer is
Quickdocs), all of that information is spread across dozens of tutorials,
manuals and blog posts across different websites.
Languages created by a single person or a small group, around which a
community accretes, tend to do better here:
have websites that provide all of these resources. Languages created by
Common Lisp or
C, rarely have official
The goal of
lisp-lang.org is to lower the barrier to entry to Common Lisp:
‘Productive’ means going beyond teaching users about lists and macros, and including information on
Currently we have:
A curated list of awesome Common Lisp libraries (and more)
Descended from one of the oldest surviving programming languages (only Fortran is older), CommonLisp is the first language with integrated support for Object Oriented Programming to get ANSI standardized.
It is a rich language with clear semantics which allows programming in procedural, functional, object oriented and logical (rule based) style all in the same program.
“This site is one among many gateways to Common Lisp. Its goal is to provide the Common Lisp community with development resources and to work as a starting point for new programmers.”
Common Lisp is the modern, multi-paradigm, high-performance, compiled, ANSI-standardized, most prominent (along with Scheme) descendant of the long-running family of Lisp programming languages.
Common Lisp is known for being extremely flexible, having excellent support for object oriented programming, and fast prototyping capabilities. It also sports an extremely powerful macro system that allows you to tailor the language to your application, and a flexible run-time environment that allows modification and debugging of running applications (excellent for server-side development and long-running critical software). It is a multi-paradigm programming language that allows you to choose the approach and paradigm according to your application domain.
LISP was originally specified in 1958 and derives its name from ‘LISt Processing’ (or Lots of Insignificant Silly Parentheses).
Maclisp is a dialect of Lisp developed at MIT in 1966. It added many features that we take for granted in Lisp today: functions with variable numbers of arguments, macros, arrays, and non-local dynamic exits. It was influential on the development of EmacsLisp, Scheme, ZetaLisp and CommonLisp. The first Scheme interpreter and the first Emacs with Lisp facilities (see MulticsEmacs) were written in MacLisp.
Runtime Compilation: https://wiki.c2.com/?RuntimeCompilation