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Common Lisp programming: from novice to effective developer

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Learn the Lisp language, the tools and the ecosystem to become a productive and happy programmer.

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It's a great article. Since then, we have more tools and resources so we can enhance it:

## Pick and Editor

The article is right that you can start with anything. Just `load` your .lisp file in the REPL. But even in Vim, Sublime Text, and Atom [and also VSCode] you can get pretty good to very good support. See (also Lem, a CL editor that works for other languages, Jupyter notebooks, Eclipse (basic support) and LispWorks (proprietary, advanced graphical tools).

> if anyone is interested in making a Common Lisp LSP language server, I think it would be a hugely useful contribution to the community.

Here's a new project used for VSCode: There's also

## Other resources

I already linked to it, but the Cookbook (to which I contribute) is a useful reference to see code and get things done, quickly.

While I'm at it, my first shameless plug: after my tutorials written for the Cookbook and my blog, I wanted to do more. Explain, structure, demo real-world Common Lisp. I'm creating this course (there are some free videos): (ongoing -50% coupon for June).

## Web Development

See the Cookbook, and the awesome list (see below). We have many libraries, you still have to code for things taken for granted in other big frameworks. I have some articles on my blog.

We have new very cool kids in town, especially CLOG, that is like a GUI for the browser. Check it out:

## Game Development

See again the awesome-cl list. And the Kandria game, in the making, all done in CL: (it just got accepted for a Swiss grant, congratulations).

## Unit Testing

We have even more test frameworks since 2018! And some are actually good O_o

## Projects

To create a full-featured CL project in one command, look no further, here's my (shameless plug again) project skeleton: you'll find the equivalent for a web project, lighter alternatives in the README, and a demo video:

## Libraries

He doesn't mention this list, what a shame: => the CL ecosystem is probably bigger than you thought. Sincerely, only recently, great packages appeared: CLOG, cl-gserver (actors concurrency), 40ants-doc, official CL support on OVH through, great editor add-ons (Slite test runner, Slime-star modules…), Coalton 1.0 (Haskell-like ML on top of CL), April v1.0 (APL in CL), a Qt 5 "library" (still hard to install), many more… (Clingon CLI args parser, Lish, a Lisp Shell in the making, the Consfigurator deployment service, generic-cl)…

His list is OK, I'd pick another HTTP client and another JSON library (new ones since 2018 too), but that's a detail.

BTW, see also a list of companies:

## Community

We are also on Discord: and on Libera Chat.

## Implementations

CLASP (CL for C++ on LLVM) reached its v1.0, congrats. More are in the making…

We got dynamic library delivery tool for SBCL (sbcl-librarian), more good stuff is coming…

Allegro CL (proprietary) got a new version running in the browser…

Crazy Lisp world <3

+1 great comments

You mentioned VSCode: I was surprised at how well the GitHub Codepilot plugin works with Common Lisp code - not as well as with Python or JavaScript, but pretty good. Check it out.

I didn't do much common lisp yet, but I tried alive with vscode. It was a bit clunky but looked like what I should have expected to get if I had used emacs so, pretty cool.
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