Pascal Costanza <email@example.com> wrote:
| Daniel Kalny wrote:
| > Hello group,
| > I am looking for some information about LISP interpreter internals,
| > how it works and how one could write his own LISP interpreter, even if
| > a simple one. I found some brief info about read-evaluate-print loop
| > and the internal structure of lists, but nothing comprehensive that
| > would help me to understand fully how LISP works. Any help is
| > appreciated.
| Two good starting points are "The Roots of Lisp" by Paul Graham
| and "The Art of the Interpreter" by Sussman and Steele.
And then when you're ready to *really* get your hands dirty,
Christian Queinnec's marvelous "LiSP", which covers numerous
design alternatives in the implementation of Lisp-like languages:
"Lisp in Small Pieces" [originally "Les langages Lisp"]
I personally found "Chapter 6: Fast interpretation" to be
particularly useful as an introduction to the preprocessing
needed for fast lexical variables, including various alternatives
for the runtime representations of lexical environments [including
one particularly-tricky "gotcha" in the interaction between the
representation of closures and Scheme-style continuations].
Rob Warnock <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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