Subject: Re: Common Lisp reference manual
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: Tue, 28 May 2002 08:58:27 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Lars Brinkhoff
| What would the best Common Lisp reference manual for the working
| programmer be?

  If you are not intimately familiar with the Standard, as in the (Xanalys)
  HyperSpec, you are simply not a professional Common Lisp.  (Franz Inc
  also has a version of the standard with a very different visual appeal --
  I have recently heard people who much prefer it, so it ought to be
  mentioned.)  I actually think a serious, professional programmer has a
  copy of the actual standards relevant for his work, either in the company
  library or a personal copy.

  Languages have specifications.  Applications have documentation.  Good
  programmers read the specification.  Good users read the documentation.
  In a fight against something, the fight has value, victory has none.
  In a fight for something, the fight is a loss, victory merely relief.

  70 percent of American adults do not understand the scientific process.