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To be exact, my question is why we evaluate them the way we do? I don't get the rules of evaluation for tagged data.
what language is this?
Umm Scheme of course. That's the language of the course.
I can't help you I don't program in that low level of a language I think Lisp is in that category as well People do consider you a major geek if you know Lisp or Scheme though. These languages are good for processing mathmatical data and maybe statistical data I can just think of easier ways to do what you want to do with higher level
5th and 6th generation languages. What hardware and O/S do you plan to run your program on ? Objective-C, JAVA, ActionScript 3.0, PHP, or Python even might be a better choice for you to learn CORE programming techniques on after u learn core you will be able to better use just about any API or programming language out the CORE doesn't really change just the methods and techniques to reach your "final output/dynamic output changes." I've wrote some extremely complex programs that only contain 6000 lines of code in ActionScript but Actionscript is dying so I plan to port all my stuff to Objective-C and Coca and run my programs on Apple/IOS devices. This is my opnion take it with a grain of salt. I will never know all there is to know about programming. I don't know what I'm doing all I know is I don't want to stop --Ozzy Osbourn
;; 1) ;; You could use sort with a comparison function. like < or >: ;; ascending: (sort '(8 5 14 7 3) <) ; '(3 5 7 8 14) ;; descending: (sort '(8 5 14 7 3) >) ; '(14 8 7 5 3) ;; When dealing with strings, use string or string>? in place of < or >: (sort '("Ga" "Ag" "Cu" "Fe" "Xe") string) ; '("Ag" "Cu" "Fe" "Ga" "Xe") (sort '("Ga" "Ag" "Cu" "Fe" "Xe") string>?) ; '("Xe" "Ga" "Fe" "Cu" "Ag") ;; To sort a list of symbols, you can convert them to strings, then sort, ;; then convert back to symbols: (map string->symbol (sort (map symbol->string '(tau xi gamma mu rho)) string>?)) ; '(xi tau rho mu gamma) ;; There are no functions named symbol and symbol>? in Racket (but there is ;; symbol=?), so you could just define them: (define (symbol a b) (string (symbol->string a) (symbol->string b))) (define (symbol>? a b) (string>? (symbol->string a) (symbol->string b))) (sort '(xi tau rho mu gamma) symbol) ; '(gamma mu rho tau xi) (sort '(xi tau rho mu gamma) symbol>?) ; '(xi tau rho mu gamma) ;; ------------------------------------------------------- ;; 2) ;; I give the response in comment after the expression. ;; Quoted numbers are evaluated to themselves, there's no difference ;; between 2 and '2 in Scheme: (+ '1 '2) ; 3 ;; This is just quoted list, + is treated like '+ (not evaluated): '(+ 1 3) ; '(+ 1 3) ;; If you need to evaluate quoted lists: (eval '(+ 1 3)) ; 4 ;; But the first element of list must be procedure, this gives error: (eval '(4 1 3)) ; procedure application: expected procedure, given: 4 ;; Just quoted list of nested lists of symbols: '(a (b (c (d)))) ; '(a (b (c (d)))) ;; Here you bind the symbol x to 3: (define x 3) 'x ; 'x (eval 'x) ; 3 ;; Here you just copy the address of 3 and bind it to a. ;; Now both x and a point to 3 (a is not pointing to the symbol x): (define a x) 'a ; 'a a ; 3 ;; Binds b to literal symbol x, not to the cell named x (which holds 3): (define b 'x) b ; 'x 'b ; 'b ;; If you want back the value pointed by a, use eval twice: (quote (quote a)) ; ''a ''a ; ''a (eval ''a) ; 'a (eval (eval ''a)) ; 3 ;; Quoting in Scheme is good for passing around the names of bindings ;; instead of the values they point to. This is analogous to ;; quotes in written text. There's a difference between "Say your name!" ;; and "Say 'your name'!" (See lecture 3B, at 18:10): http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/electrical-engineering-and-computer-science/6-001-structure-and-interpretation-of-computer-programs-spring-2005/video-lectures/3b-symbolic-differentiation-quotation/