Scheme Lisp: Feel the Cool

By Andy Balaam

It has long been known that the perfect programming language was designed in the 1970s: Scheme is that language, and in this session we will discover what makes it so beautiful, and maybe even briefly touch on some of the things that make it terrible.

We’ll look at the fundamental building blocks of Lisp: lists and functions (which are really the same thing), the way we write code using recursion, and some more advanced features as time allows.

We’ll try to learn enough to understand how Lisp has influenced the languages more commonly used today, and to help us write better code in those languages.