Subject: Re: Never programmed before - want to learn
From: (Rob Warnock)
Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2006 05:15:41 -0600
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
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Jake Myers <> wrote:
| From what I've been reading online, Lisp sounds like a good
| language for someone who's never written a line of code before.

Yes, indeed! And you'll have fewer preconceptions about Lisp
if you *don't* already know some other programming language
[though you will have to learn programming itself from scratch]...

| I've been having a good look at the SICP book (I know it uses
| Scheme, but I understand the two languages are related), and it
| seems to teach a lot of concepts rather than language syntax.

Others have mentioned various useful books & on-line tutorials;
here's another good one:
    "Teach Yourself Scheme in Fixnum Days", by Dorai Sitaram

[Note: While it is true that fixnums are smaller than bignums,
"Fixnum Days" might easily be several orders of magnitude longer
than your life expectancy. That is, this *isn't* any kind of
"quick" or "for dummies" text.]


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