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1. Getting Started with Lisp > Getting Started with CLISP

Getting Started with CLISP

Many great Lisp compilers are available, but one in particular is easiest to get started with: CLISP, an open source Common Lisp. CLISP is simple to install and runs on any operating system.

Other popular Lisps include Steel Bank Common Lisp (SBCL), a fast Common Lisp that’s considered a bit more heavy-duty than CLISP and also open source; Allegro Common Lisp, a powerful commercial Lisp by Franz, Inc; LispWorks; Clozure CL; and CMUCL. Mac users may want to consider LispWorks or Clozure CL, which will be easier to get running on their machines. However, for our purposes, CLISP is the best choice.

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Starting with Chapter 12, we’ll be using some CLISP-specific commands that are considered nonstandard. However, up until that point, any implementation of Common Lisp will work for running the examples in this book.


  

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