Subject: Re: My guide to Lisp
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 24 Aug 2002 02:41:10 +0000
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Christopher Browne
| In Lisp, reader macros are part of the 'base language,'
|, allowing you to
| integrate extensions in, and, if you define your own custom *READTABLE*,
| allowing you to build your own language parser.

  I think it is important to be aware that the syntax of Common Lisp is
  programmable and that the value of `*readtable*´ is not just some
  potentially extended syntax, it /is/ the syntax in which code is read.
  There is in fact no way to get around reader macros.  ( invokes a reader

| In practice, it is usually used to provide relatively minor extensions.

  No, it is used to define the syntax of Common Lisp.

Erik Naggum, Oslo, Norway

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