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IV. Lisp is Science > A. Epilogue

Appendix A. Epilogue

Now that you’ve worked your way through this book, here is one final reward: A story about the technologies behind the entire Lisp family of programming languages, set in the not-too-distant future . . .

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Functional Guild Cruiser

Lisp Dialect

Common Lisp

Synopsis

Functional programming is a mathematical approach to programming that was pioneered by the creators of Lisp. Functional programming places certain restrictions on the programmer, but it can lead to very elegant code. When using functional programming, every variable that is used by a given function must be one of the following:

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  • A parameter passed into that function

  • A local variable created within that function


  

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