Interested in learning Lisp? Here’s some resources to help you get started.
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SLIME is a Emacs mode for Common Lisp development. Inspired by existing systems such Emacs Lisp and ILISP, we are working to create an environment for hacking Common Lisp in.
This frugal page is an invitation to learn more about what’s going on.
Steel Bank Common Lisp (SBCL) is a high performance Common Lisp compiler. It is open source / free software, with a permissive license. In addition to the compiler and runtime system for ANSI Common Lisp, it provides an interactive environment including a debugger, a statistical profiler, a code coverage tool, and many other extensions.
SBCL runs on a number of POSIX platforms, and experimentally on Windows. See the download page for supported platforms, and getting started guide for additional help.
The most recent version is SBCL 1.3.9, released August 30, 2016 (release notes).
Barry Rountree. Quora Digest. 2016-09-08
Racket is a descendant of Scheme,° which in turn is a descendant of Lisp. So while Racket is not Lisp (in the specific Common Lisp sense), it is a Lisp (in the familial sense) which means that its core ideas—and core virtues—are shared with Lisp. So talking about Racket means talking about Lisp.