: Learning GNU Emacs, 3rd Edition

11.1 Introduction to Lisp

You may have heard of Lisp as a language for artificial intelligence (AI). If you aren't into AI, don't worry. Lisp may have an unusual syntax, but many of its basic features are just like those of more conventional languages you may have seen, such as Java or Perl. We emphasize such features in this chapter. After introducing the basic Lisp concepts, we proceed by building up various example functions that you can actually use in Emacs. In order to try out the examples, you should be familiar with Emacs Lisp mode and Lisp interaction mode, which were discussed in Chapter 9.

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