Subject: Re: A Philosophical Diversion
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 1998/10/11
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
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* Charles Hixson <>
| That is the standard attitude on lisp, and it was formed when the
| professors who taught the current generation of programmers last looked
| at it.  Say, around Lisp 1.5.
| At that time it was basically correct to say "Lisp was a general purpose
| language only in the sense that a Turing machine is."  Lisp was a purely
| interpretive language in a day when every cpu cycle cost $$ and lisp
| programs took lots of RAM in a day when 32K was a HUGE computer (of
| course that was 36-bit words, not bytes).

  LISP 1.5 Programmer's Manual, ISBN 0-262-13011-4.

  Table of Contents:

  APPENDIX B  The LISP Interpreter
  APPENDIX C  The LISP Assembly Program (LAP)
  APPENDIX D  The LSIP Compiler

  date of publication: 1962-08-17.

  it cost USD 8.95 when I bought my copy at the MIT Book Store a few years
  ago.  you're advised to read it before you make claims about LISP 1.5.