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#1 2020-08-22 06:27:48

From: A rhombicosidodecahedron
Registered: 2020-06-22
Posts: 63

Basic Common Lisp

;Comments in Lisp start with a semicolon.
;Every function, statement, and construct in Lisp must be surrounded by (parentheses). 
;Whitespace is ignored (but the space between arguments is required to parse correctly)
;There are multiple ways to print to the console, but I prefer (print) since it adds a newline after the string.
(print "Hello World!")
;Operations in Lisp use Polish/prefix notation, which means that the operators are placed before the objects, so 1 + 2 + 3 would look like + 1 2 3 
;11 < 20 would look like < 11 20
;So 2+(5*9)/2 would be + 2 / (* 5 9) 2
;Global variables can be defined and changed with (setq var_name "var content")
;Local variables can be defined/changed with (setf local_var "local var content")
;The basic use of the if construct is like this: (if (condition) (execute if true) (execute otherwise))
(if (> 3 20) (print "3 is less than 20"))
;You can't put 2 functions to execute on true since the second function will be executed if false
;The when construct executes function(s) when the statement is true. Basic usage: (when (statement) (action))
(setq i 10)
(when (i > 5) (print "i is greater than 5"))
;The loop construct (the most basic form of looping) keeps repeating actions until the return function is called. 
;If the return function is not called then it becomes an infinite loop.
Basic usage: (loop (actions to repeat) (when (condition to end loop) (return)))
(setq a 1)
(print a)
(setq a (+ a 1))
(when (= a 11) (return))
;Online IDE:

Last edited by pi_cubed (2020-08-22 09:06:30)

e to the i pi plus 1 is zero -Leonhard Euler | a squared plus b squared equals c squared -Pythagoras | Energy equals mass times the speed of light squared -Albert Einstein | i² = -1 | x^2+1=0 x^2=-1 x=i


#2 2020-09-16 03:58:07

Real Member
From: Riemann Sphere
Registered: 2011-01-29
Posts: 24,956

Re: Basic Common Lisp

Hi pi_cubed;

I am a big fan of functional programming myself.

Have you taken a look at Haskell? I suspect that you might find this language way more interesting and elegant!

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