Subject: Re: Some Questions about Lisp Books?
From: (Rob Warnock)
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2003 05:53:52 -0500
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
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Franz Kafka <> wrote:
| I have got LiSP, and looked through it. It did have two intresting
| chapters: 1.) About towers of Lisp--Lisp defined using Lisp. 2.) A
| chapter about Reflexion that was helpful.

Pay especial attention to the section [sorry, don't have the book handy
at the moment, or I'd list the pages] on "fast interpretation", which
covers a large range of possible ways of representing lexical environments,
e.g., linked-lists of alists, linked lists of vectors ("frames"), vectors
of vectors (a.k.a. Algol-like "displays"), "skip-level" displays (a neat
hybrid between the previous two), and "flat" environments (which require
"boxing" [pushing into the heap and rewriting their accessors] of variables
that are mutated *and* closed over by "escaping" lambdas). I found that
section to be a gold mine for the aspiring implementor.

Also check out the "compiler" sections towards the end.


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