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As usual, the classical book for anyone interested digging into Lisp development environments, is "Lisp in Small Pieces".



this book is really beautiful. it is in fact filled with exposition about how to build a lisp, but also how to bootstrap a language (or more generally any non-trivial environment).

queinnec went to some pains to make this book accessible, in particular by heavily reducing his usual reliance on denotational semantics. but its not really a good causal introduction to the topic, it requires a certain amount of work to get through.

but can't recommend this book strongly enough, maybe as the ideal followon to SICP




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