eval(...)and a little creativity can replace Lisp's
(lambda ...)]. I'm looking to learn as much as possible from this class and hopefully not die implementing the projects in the process, so I'm hoping some of you out there can either point me in the direction of a decent Lisp manual or help me formulate arguments in favor of letting students use Perl as the implementation language." I can surely emphasize with blackcoot's troubles with Lisp, but can Perl emulate the features of Lisp that make Lisp good for AI? Might Perl have some advantages over Lisp when it comes to writing AI code?
"I think my major source of frustration is that the all the documentation that I've found on Lisp out and out sucks and the recommended text for the course ANSI Common Lisp by Paul Graham is pretty useless except for the appendix which has a list of usage for all the macros and functions in ANSI Common Lisp."
Those of you interested in comparisions of Lisp with other languages might be also interested in the recent comparison of Lisp and Java, as well.