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To the untutored eye, Lisp is a strange programming language. In Lisp code there are parentheses everywhere. Some people even claim that the name stands for `Lots of Isolated Silly Parentheses'. But the claim is unwarranted. Lisp stands for LISt Processing, and the programming language handles lists (and lists of lists) by putting them between parentheses. The parentheses mark the boundaries of the list. Sometimes a list is preceded by a single apostrophe or quotation mark, `''. Lists are the basis of Lisp.
1.1 Lisp Lists What are lists? 1.2 Run a Program Any list in Lisp is a program ready to run. 1.3 Generate an Error Message Generating an error message. 1.4 Symbol Names and Function Definitions Names of symbols and function definitions. 1.5 The Lisp Interpreter What the Lisp interpreter does. 1.6 Evaluation Running a program. 1.7 Variables Returning a value from a variable. 1.8 Arguments Passing information to a function. 1.9 Setting the Value of a Variable Setting the value of a variable. 1.10 Summary The major points. 1.11 Exercises
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