Newbie questions

Robert Graham Merkel
Tue, 26 Dec 2000 22:49:36 +1100

Marcel Felgentraeger writes:
 > Hi everybody.
<snipping the other questions because there are others better
qualified to answers>

 > And last but not least: how can I learn scheme (I hope that the right name)? I
 > am quite interested in writing scripts for the reports but I have only a very
 > minimal programming background. The documentations I have found so far were all
 > online, which is quite inconvienent when living in Germany. Maybe someone can
 > point me to a site where I can download the documentation or recommend a good
 > book.

Check out, and their textbook

"The Scheme Programming Language" is a good reference book, which I
use regularly. 

"Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs", usually
abbreviated to SICP, is also highly recommended by many here, though I
have not read it myself.

You can download the "official unofficial" standards from  Believe it or not, these
are actually quite readable and useful.

Robert Merkel	                 

"We are excited and optimistic about its usage going 
forward and, yes, we can teach penguins the military 
close-order drill", Mark Norton, US Department of Defense.