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Re: T book
I have received several inquiries from people outside Yale interested
in receiving a copy of the T book. To get a copy of the manuscript,
send your US mail address to:
It is not feasible to transmit the manuscript source files. However,
the source code from the book's examples, exercises, and answers will
be included in the upcoming release of T.
The manuscript is over 400 pages, so we don't want to get involved
with massive copying efforts. Therefore, we will send only one
copy to each institution, and request that the recipients make that
copy available for others to read or copy.
The publisher (Prentice-Hall) has informed me that the book should
be "in-stock" before Thanksgiving.
To give you an idea of the level of the text, I quote from the preface:
This book is not an introductory programming text. Rather, it is for
students who have already learned to program in some language other than
LISP. Given the ready access most students have to computers these
days, it is rare to find a college student interested in computers who
has not previously been exposed to programming. The odds are pretty
good that a student's first programming language was not LISP...
The T language has been used in range of college courses including
artificial intelligence, data structures, computer systems, and
compiler design. The present book is suitable as a companion text
in such courses.
Here are the chapter titles:
1 LISP and T 1
2 A Tutorial Introduction 6
3 Lists 34
4 Recursion 60
5 Local vs Global Reference 79
6 Characters and Strings 92
7 Ports: Output and Input 110
8 LAMBDA and LABELS 131
9 Control 149
10 Debugging 174
11 Macros 192
12 Structures 220
13 Objects and Operations 237
14 Vectors 259
15 Environments and EVAL 290
16 Efficiency and Compilation 321
17 Implementation of T 339
A List of LISP's 348
Discusses differences between T, Scheme, and Common LISP.
Provides compatability packages for T-in-Scheme and T-in-CommonLISP (!?).
B ASCII Character Codes 365
C Answers to Selected Exercises 369
D References 409
We shall also maintain an electronic mailing list for corrections, additions,
and suggestions. (Discussed in Appendix A).
Note also that the book is based on the new version of T, aka T3. Thus, we
speak of ports instead of streams, along with other minor changes.