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Scheme in a nutshell
- Scheme is a dialect of the Lisp programming language developed in the 70s, that inherently supports functional programming but is easily multi-paradigm.
- Scheme is one of the two major Lisp dialects used for general-purpose programming, the other one being Common Lisp.
- Scheme provides very few primitives defined in its core (known as the "RnRS standard" where "n" is an integer) as the rest is defined in extensions or libraries.
- Scheme can be used for any kind of software development and can be learned in a single day thanks to its minimalist yet powerful design.
- High order programming and macros allow the developers using Scheme to write efficient and easily maintainable code, hence Scheme's label as the programming language of choice for many industries as well as academics.
- Among programming languages, Scheme is quite unique about natively supporting continuations, a very powerful language construct using which for instance exception handling, coroutines, and weblocks behaviour can be implemented.
Scheme is a solid way to state of the art software development.
- Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs is a Computer Science book that uses Scheme. You find the book on its web site, and its videos on YouTube and on a homepage.
- An Introduction to Scheme and its Implementation (alternative link) is a practical hands-on guide to Scheme, for people new to software development, as well as for people with a background in general programming languges such as C, C++, Java, Pascal, PHP, etc.
Forums and Chat
- The #gambit and #scheme channels on Freenode IRC