Subject: Re: merits of Lisp vs Python
From: (Rob Warnock)
Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2006 04:23:36 -0600
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp,comp.lang.python
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Paul Rubin  <> wrote:
| CLTL2 is a model of precision and thoroughness compared
| with any document that's ever been written about Python.

It's a great book, but one needs to be clear that CLtL2 is *not*
the same as the ANSI Common Lisp standard, but was the author's
best guess at the time as to where the standardization effort was
going after CLtL1. You may find the following useful in marking up
your copy of CLtL2 to be closer to the final standard:

But note the caveat therein:

    A doctored CLTL2 is NOT the ANSI standard. In fact,
    this FAQ has many known but minor omissions that are
    too awkward to add with pencil to CLTL2.

The Common Lisp HyperSpec (CLHS), while also not the official
ANSI standard per se, was created from "the same" TeX input as
the ANSI standard (with permission from ANSI & X3), and is the
reference most CL programmers use:

For a downloadable tarball of the whole thing, there's a link near
the bottom of this page:


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