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The Bangalore Group

for the Study of Common Lisp


Inspiration (for us it was, anyway)
The bangalore-lisp Yahoo! Group
The bangalore-lisp blog
The Association of Lisp Users
CLiki, the Common Lisp Wiki
Books on Lisp, all levels
Another book; very important
CMUCL home page

Click to subscribe to bangalore-lisp

Our group is created for the mutual teaching and learning of the programming language Common Lisp, with the back-up possibility of face-to-face meetings in Bangalore, India and telephone contact. It is not for evangelism. That takes too much time and energy and is probably counterproductive with Common Lisp. Requests such as `I just don't understand what makes Lisp macros such a big deal; please explain' are welcome, however.

On-Line Discussion
The site you are looking at is for easy navigation of some hypertext. Our new Yahoo! Group is a related place created for community building.
(For a quick start, jump directly to the link to our new Yahoo! Group or, for access to our old messages, our old Yahoo! Group accessed via

Note: we shifted our discussion from to to make its management simple and to avoid the current blanket ban on Yahoo! Groups in India. Unfortunately, the old messages have not been copied from One solution is to use a Web anonymiser (anonymizer in American English) to read the old messages. Searching for `Web anonymizer' turns up many of them. works okay. The service is free. To jump directly to our old Yahoo! Group and access its messages, you can click here. Note that most anonymisers won't let you log in to the group.

Bangalore-lisp is for mutual help. It is not for lazy people who don't make a good effort to learn the language. If you are one of those and thinking to join this group, you had better start with first to find other groups -- or start a group meant for asymmetric flow of knowledge. You can also visit the webpage

You are cordially invited to join our group. Please keep in mind the purpose of the group is mutual sharing of information. It can take some time to understand the value of Common Lisp, so we don't want to concentrate here on elementary questions and curiosity seekers' idle chat. There is no substitute for a good book on Common Lisp.

We list some Web links to get you to the point where are programming in Common Lisp so that you, too can contribute to our discussion.

Finally, we want to mention that if the discussion is very quiet, that is okay with us. We want to interact on the highest level we can. We will be participating in other Common Lisp communities, though we prefer to be able to interact with real Lisp programmers in our own time zone whom we can call on the telephone and meet at a coffee house.

Copyright 2003 by Thomas Elam.