This is an introduction to the Scheme programming language. It is intended as a quick-start guide, something a novice can use to get a non-trivial working knowledge of the language, before moving on to more comprehensive and in-depth texts. The text describes an approach to writing a crisp and utilitarian Scheme. Although we will not cover Scheme from abs to zero? Such aspects include call-with-current-continuation , system interface, and dialect diversity. Our discussions will be informed by our focus on problemsolving, not by a quest for metalinguistic insight.
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Return to Book Page. This is an introduction to the Scheme programming language. It is intended as a quick-start guide, something a novice can use to get a non-trivial working knowledge of the language, before moving on to more comprehensive and in-depth texts.
The text describes an approach to writing a crisp and utilitarian Scheme. Although we will not cover Scheme from abs to zero? Our discussions will be informed by our focus on problem-solving, not by a quest for metalinguistic insight. I have therefore left out many of the staples of traditional Scheme tutorials.
This is not to suggest that these things are unimportant. However, they are arguably not immediately relevant to someone seeking a quick introduction. How quick though? The Scheme standard  itself, for all its exacting comprehensiveness, is a mere fifty pages long.
It may well be that the insight, when it comes, will arrive in its entirety in one afternoon, though there is no telling how many afternoons of mistries must precede it. Until that zen moment, here is my gentle introduction.
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This Scheme tutorial is mediocre and out-of-date, but you can do worse. It helped me understand continuations a little better, and gave me a better sense of the language, but the code samples were monstrosities. They were very hard to read. It's unclear if this is a fault of the language, as all the nested let blocks tend to turn things into spaghetti code very quickly. Still, I think the code could definitely have been written better.
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