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Introducing AutoLISP

LISP is a programming language originally developed for use in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the early 1960’s. In fact, with the possible exception of FORTRAN, LISP is the only surviving high-level programming language from the 1960s. There are some dozen dialects, or subsets, of LISP in use today. LISP is an acronym for LISt Processor and all of LISP’s data are, indeed, contained in the form of lists.

AutoLISP is Autodesk’s own subset of LISP. Due to AutoCAD’s overall popularity, there are more worldwide users of AutoLISP today than of any other implementation of the popular LISP language. AutoLISP was introduced in an early version of AutoCAD and has remained a popular, although little-changed, feature. Some significant extensions to AutoLISP’s capabilities and functionality became possible with the introduction of Visual LISP as an integral part of AutoCAD 2000.


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