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I couldn't care less about programming exercises, but I'd love to have some mini project ideas or examples at the end of every chapter so you can put in practice what you've just learn. I've found that I learn stuff better when I try to adapt code examples to some domain of my own, but sometimes you just lack the drive or are tired of working on the same set of personal "hello world" projects.

In this regard Practical Common Lisp is a killer book. Definitely one of my favorites. It's really a pity that there aren't many other books mimicking its style (recommendations are welcome).




> I couldn't care less about programming exercises, but I'd love to have some mini project ideas or examples at the end of every chapter so you can put in practice what you've just learn.

"mini project ideas or examples at the end of every chapter" sound like exercises to me?


Many SICP exercises would be similar to, "Ben Bitdiddle thinks he can define COND like this: [bunch of code]. Show why he's wrong." Which is not practical whatsoever--it's clearly a short problem for academic purposes.

In contrast, PCL would say, "Now we can write a media server, let's go!"


It's the difference between understanding and copy-pasting.




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