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where did you lurn LISP ?
« on: July 17, 2006, 02:54:04 PM »
Hi all...

Some of you are amazing !
and was just curious to know
Where did you lurn LISP? and what is your BIG reference for programming ?

Book ? Internet ? Course ?
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Re: where did you lurn LISP ?
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2006, 02:58:22 PM »
There was no Internet when I started to learn .. :-)

.. I learnt from the help files .. and trial and error testing.
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Re: where did you lurn LISP ?
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2006, 03:00:11 PM »
^^^ Same here. "Book"
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Re: where did you lurn LISP ?
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2006, 03:02:04 PM »
I'm not part of the amazing group, but I will tell you where I learned.

First from a co-worker.  Wrote a few small programs.
Then changed jobs, and didn't write for a year or so.
Wrote little ones to do what I needed done at the time, mostly with help from the help files.
Then found the Adesk Ng about  two years later.  There I found a lot of help, and learned a lot by reading others posts, and trying to code what they did.
Found this place, and I continue to grow with the help of the amazing coders here.

So I guess I learned mostly from the help files, and just coding.  When I got stuck there, I would post to the Adesk Ng before, but now I post here when I get stuck.

And I'm looking forward to maybe learning a new language with the help of the people who frequent theswamp.

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Re: where did you lurn LISP ?
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2006, 03:11:33 PM »
AfraLISP was my main resource before I fell into The Swamp


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Re: where did you lurn LISP ?
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2006, 03:21:21 PM »
Didn't have The Internet when I first started.  So I learned from AutoCAD's sample code and reading whatever books I could find.  Then came Cadlyst which helped a lot.  Burned the midnight oil hacking my code until it would work. Now I primarily use News Groups such as this fine place.  Am reading "Essential Autolisp" at this time.  Best book I've ever read on the subject.


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Re: where did you lurn LISP ?
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2006, 03:46:48 PM »
It was baptism by fire: I was working as a junior programming wiener on a GIS project about 16 years ago. Although had been programming for a decade or so in various dialects of BASIC (QB/TB/PB/PDS yada) I'd only been writing LISP for a couple years; nominal stuff. Anyway, long story short, we kept getting code from a third party and it wouldn't run. I wined to my boss whose response was "Fix it". My response was something like "But ... I don't know LISP". Blank unblinking stare. One of the first things I did was spend 3 days creating my own on-line LISP help by typing out the entire LISP manual into a formatted text file to use with PC-Write, my second code editor (which I had to prompty abandon in favor of Q-Edit and then Multi-Edit because PC-Write had a 384 KB file size limit). That project yielded enough LISP code to fill a 3" binder using compressed print; about half that again in R:BASE SQL and Quick BASIC.
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Re: where did you lurn LISP ?
« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2006, 03:57:03 PM »
Programming in general I'd done since I was about 10 years old.  GWBasic, MBasic, QBasic.. no money for games so I used to write my own out of a series of books I found at my local library.  Zork kind of games.

Lisp I learned mostly from trial and error.  Using the help files, and little snippets I found on the net and from older routines at places I worked.

As for VBA, Afralisp is where I got my first tutorial, and then went on from there.

I've never read a book on programming, tried once, but fell asleep shortly after the table of contents.

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Re: where did you lurn LISP ?
« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2006, 04:07:25 PM »
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Re: where did you lurn LISP ?
« Reply #9 on: July 17, 2006, 04:10:25 PM »
I took up lisp about  3 years ago over at cadalog.
Mostly getting help from the generous people that are still here.
Oh, you do have to read the help files & tutorials found on the internet. 8-)
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Re: where did you lurn LISP ?
« Reply #10 on: July 17, 2006, 04:32:25 PM »
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Re: where did you lurn LISP ?
« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2006, 07:24:59 PM »
I wath born with a lithp, but I learned to write code by uthing examplth provided by Autodethk, many of which I modified to thuit my needth.

Ok .. so I don't have a lisp .. but it was fun to write it ...I learned from trial and error ... lots of code studying .. and of course the occasional code tidbit found here and from the old Cadalog web site.
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Re: where did you lurn LISP ?
« Reply #12 on: July 18, 2006, 07:06:38 AM »
I was fortunate enough to have a co-worker that was very proficient in AutoLISP, she taught me a lot. I also purchased the book Autolisp Programming: Principles and Techniques which also helped very much. I was also a big reader of the news groups and mailing lists.  (serving the CAD community since 2003)


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Re: where did you lurn LISP ?
« Reply #13 on: July 18, 2006, 07:32:18 AM »
I too learned from a co-worker who was proficient in lisp and a few other languages. Then I learned from John and others at Cadalog, then here. I've read books, but only to solidify what I already knew.


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Re: where did you lurn LISP ?
« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2006, 10:51:09 AM »
Althought I am still at low Lisp level, but every one has his learning road.

I learn acad and lisp at 1996. What attract me  to Lisp is a function for drawing "sin" curve in a book.
Then for a long time, most of the Lisp I wrote is just a batch command that just combining several command and in one. and they give happy.  Then download some lisp from
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Because we only use autocad 14, so I reject to learn vlisp, until 2004, in order to skin a grid structure, which need xdata.  From then on, I read some book and start to study the visual lisp, I find a new world and find I get far behind the Lisp, so I start to  learn vlisp from help, book and internet.  Now I learned a lot from google group and theswamp.

Lisp is wonderful thing, now I always treat Lisp as LEGO toys, it give us some useful tools and materials, and we build a high rise.  Althought I am not major in programming, but  in the leisure time, some strange idea about  accelerating or improving the drawing speed often jump out.  Lisp give me the capacity of controling the geometry entity.Maybe I has been cought by Lisp.
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