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Re: Mathematica and Lisp
Posted:
Jan 12, 2013 9:51 PM


To say that one can better master Mathematica by learning Lisp seems as farfetched to me as saying that to master writing English one should learn Old High German.
Better spend you time on learning Mathematica itself. The available resources are abundant  indeed, even overwhelmingly so . Take a look, e.g., at the resources listed at:
http://mathematica.stackexchange.com/questions/18/wherecanifindexamplesofgoodmathematicaprogrammingpractice
Of course if you have other reasons for (re)learning Lisp, that's a different matter.
On Jan 11, 2013, at 10:24 PM, amzoti <amzoti@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi All, > > It is clear the Mathematica uses Lisp as one of the example programming paradigms it pulls from and I have a general question regarding this. > > Many moons ago I took a Lisp class and was awful at it (Lisp was very new), but through Mathematica, have to come to understand the gat power and utility of it. > > Would it be helpful to learn Lisp in order to improve programming skills in Mathematica? > > If so, what Lisp books would you recommend? > > What variant of Lisp would you recommend using for practice  Common Lisp, Scheme, or Clojure? Would Mathematica itself be a better choice (I am not sure if it supports all the Lisp language constructs and such). > > What about Haskell? > > Any insights and guidance are appreciated.
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