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Object-Oriented Programming in Common Lisp: A Programmer's Guide to CLOS [Paperback]

Sonya E. Keene
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This is the book on CLOS. It covers the basics, the advanced features such as defining new method combinations that aren't described in other books or tutorials available today, and more importantly it shows how CLOS features are intended to be used to produce extensible, maintainable systems. This is how object-oriented programming is supposed to be done.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good way to understand "why CLOS?" June 18 2002
Format:Paperback
This is a nice "tutorial style" walk through much of the functionality of CLOS.
It doesn't get into examples that are of _spectacular_ complexity, either in size or in difficulty of concept, but that strikes me as being just fine. The dialect of CLOS in use predates the final version that was released, so a few examples require a little modification to work with modern Lisp releases.
If you're looking to get into the sophistication of redefining your own metaobject protocols, the MOP book is surely more suitable. But for most of us who just need to figure out what CLOS is good for, this book provides a very nice presentation of that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The cover says it all June 16 2002
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You are going to get precisely what is advertised: a good guide to object-oriented programming in Common Lisp, no less, no more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile reference June 19 1998
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Keene covers CLOS thoroughly and clearly. A classic. Can't say much else. If you care about your LISP programming craft, buy this book.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Concise, clear and readable, an excellent introduction July 16 2006
By Thing with a hook - Published on Amazon.com
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Lisp is kinda hot again, Perl 6 will have multiple dispatch, Ruby's getting before and after methods, and Aspect Oriented Programming is still bubbling under in Java, so what better time to revisit the Common Lisp Object System and this slim volume from 1989? Unsurprisingly, objects in Lisp are implemented differently to the well-known object systems, even Smalltalk, so if you're into OO (and in particular AOP), check out CLOS.

And this book is an excellent way to get acquainted with the features of CLOS. While the introduction suggests non-Lispniks can benefit from reading this book, I would strongly suggest you can read Lisp to make sure you understand what's going on. It's a quick read (about 220 pages, excluding the appendices), the language is unfussy and clear, and the concepts are simply explained.

The hoary old shape example is used briefly (perhaps it wasn't as tired in 1989), but the two main examples used in the book is a simple locking mechanism for concurrency, and multiple inheritance based disk and tape stream classes. Both example do the job well of highlighting the unique flavour of CLOS. The metaobject protocol is touched upon only briefly, but there's more than enough of the standard object protocol described for you to be getting your money's worth.

Other introductory books do cover CLOS (Practical Common Lisp has a good chapter), but this is a very nice standalone volume devoted to CLOS only. Well worth reading, object (and Lisp) fans.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good way to understand "why CLOS?" June 18 2002
By Christopher B. Browne - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a nice "tutorial style" walk through much of the functionality of CLOS.
It doesn't get into examples that are of _spectacular_ complexity, either in size or in difficulty of concept, but that strikes me as being just fine. The dialect of CLOS in use predates the final version that was released, so a few examples require a little modification to work with modern Lisp releases.
If you're looking to get into the sophistication of redefining your own metaobject protocols, the MOP book is surely more suitable. But for most of us who just need to figure out what CLOS is good for, this book provides a very nice presentation of that.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must have if you're into Common Lisp Jan. 3 2013
By Greg Rivera - Published on Amazon.com
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Amazing how this book is still so invaluable if you are serious about programming in CL. It teaches you the necessary basics you need when using the CLOS which in my opinion is a very easy way to develop real world stand-alone applications. Mix this with the functional programming features Lisp offers and it makes for very expressive and powerful software. It's funny how this continues to be be such a hidden secret.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really great book on CLOS Dec 2 2007
By W. Ghost - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book. It shows everything about CLOS (except the metaobject protocol, which is just mentioned but not explained in detail). The explanations are very clear and the author does every possible thing to make you understand all details (a bit too much for me, but that's a matter of taste).

For anyone interested in OO programming in Common Lisp, this is an essential book.
Even if you are interested in OO programming in general, this book covers a different approach, so it is nice for a comparison (in CLOS, methods do not belong to classes, and there are lots of interesting tricks that you can do that are not possible in other languages).
12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile reference June 19 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Keene covers CLOS thoroughly and clearly. A classic. Can't say much else. If you care about your LISP programming craft, buy this book.
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