The Scheme Programming Language (英語) ペーパーバック – 2003/9/26
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This thoroughly updated edition of The Scheme Programming Language provides an introduction to Scheme and a definitive reference for standard Scheme, presented in a clear and concise manner. Written for professionals and students with some prior programming experience, it begins by leading the programmer gently through the basics of Scheme and continues with an introduction to some of the more advanced features of the language. Many exercises are presented to help reinforce the lessons learned, and answers to the exercises are given in a new appendix. Most of the remaining chapters are dedicated to the reference material, which describes in detail the standard features of Scheme included in the Revised Report on Scheme and the ANSI/IEEE standard for Scheme.Numerous examples are presented throughout the introductory and reference portions of the text, and a unique set of extended example programs and applications, with additional exercises, are presented in the final chapter. Reinforcing the book's utility as a reference text are appendixes that present the formal syntax of Scheme, a summary of standard forms and procedures, and a bibliography of Scheme resources. The Scheme Programming Language stands alone as an introduction to and essential reference for Scheme programmers. It is also useful as a supplementary text for any course that uses Scheme.The Scheme Programming Language is illustrated by artist Jean-Pierre Hebert, who writes Scheme programs to extend his ability to create sophisticated works of digital art.
"Kent Dybvig's The Scheme Programming Language is to Scheme what Kernighan and Ritchie's The C Programming Language is to C." Daniel P. Friedman, Indiana University
"I have been using previous editions of The Scheme Programming Language in my Programming Language Concepts class for 13 years. The students need to learn the basics of Scheme in a few days, and then to pick up some of the harder concepts as the course progresses. This terse but complete book with its excellent examples fits the bill perfectly. Students quickly learn a lot from this book, and many of them make a point of telling me how much they like it." Claude Anderson, Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
"I have been using previous editions of *The Scheme Programming Language* in my Programming Language Concepts class for 13 years. The students need to learn the basics of Scheme in a few days, and then to pick up some of the harder concepts as the course progresses. This terse but complete book with its excellent examples fits the bill perfectly. Students quickly learn a lot from this book, and many of them make a point of telling me how much they like it."--Claude Anderson, Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
"Kent Dybvig's *The Scheme Programming Language* is to Scheme what Kernighan and Ritchie's *The C Programming Language* is to C."--Daniel P. Friedman, Department of Computer Science, Indiana University
"Eric Raymond once wrote that learning Lisp makes one a better programmer for the rest of one's days. Scheme is the best dialect of Lisp to learn for this purpose, and Kent Dybvig's book provides a comprehensive and beautiful introduction to learning Scheme and becoming a better programmer."--Olivier Danvy, BRICS, University of Aarhus, Denmark, co-Editor-in-Chief of Higher-Order and Symbolic Computation商品の説明をすべて表示する
I was disappointed by this as one of the primary reasons I bought a Kindle was to have language references handy on the run.
The book itself? It's good. Dybvig explains things clearly and provides many examples. Most of which are "worked out", showing each step along an evaluation.
It is not, however, ideal for people learning Scheme for the first time but it would be a great companion to an introductory book such as "The Little Lisper."
That is how the book manage to cover everything from syntax to standard library, finishing with some examples that are idiomatic, simple to follow yet not trivial (for the record, one of the example is taken from "The C programming language" to illustrate the versatility of Scheme - although I tend to prefer the C version :-)).
A word of caution, though : this edition covers R6RS which is not widely implemented yet (and perhaps will never be). So be prepared to adapt some of the sample to suit your implementation.
I bought the book to learn how syntax extension works because reading the doc that comes with my Scheme implementation left me with only a vague notion of this part of the language. I had the impression that this was a quite difficult topic. To my satisfaction, this impression vanished after having read the dedicated chapter of this book.
So all in all, an excellent read !
This Scheme book might not be as innovative as others, and textbooks like Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, Second Edition better explain how to properly use Scheme's unique features. But it is a book that should stand on the bookshelf of any R6RS programmer. I will surely use it many times as a reference.