Kent  Pitman's

Technical Papers

I have begun the process of converting all of my old technical papers, most of which were published originally in hardcopy, to HTML for web publication. An index of those papers is offered below.

I also have some non-technical publications (fiction, humor, etc.) not listed here.

The following changes has been recently made:

Here’s a hopefully-complete list of all my technical papers:

Date Venue Paper Status Published
Oct, 2008 Common Lisp: The Untold Story
(Lisp50 @ OOPSLA’08)
webbed Kent’s paper repository (HTML) &
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Lisp (PDF) in the ACM Digital Library.
Dec,
2007
The Revised Maclisp Manual (Sunday Morning Edition) webbed http://www.maclisp.info/pitmanual/
Spring,
2001
Springer “Condition Handling in the Lisp Language Family” webbed Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) 2022: Advances in Exception Handling Techniques, edited by A.Romanovsky, C.Dony, J.L.Knudsen, & A.Tripathi.
April,
1997
ISO Programming Language ISLISP
(2nd of 2 Technical Editors)
web-accessible PDF, PS, & DVI ISO/IEC 13816:1997(E) & www.islisp.info
May,
1996
The Common Lisp HyperSpecTM
(authored HTML markup program)
webbed LispWorks website
(formerly Harlequin.com);
won “Simpliciter” Award
August,
1995
( P.S. )
“Ambitious Evaluation / A New Reading of an Old Issue” webbed Lisp Pointers,
Pitman’s “P.S.” column,
Vol. VIII, No. 2
December,
1994
ANSI American National Standard for Information Systems--Programming Language--Common Lisp
(2nd of 2 Technical Editors)
hardcopy from ANSI & draft equivalent available by FTP ANSI X3.226-1994 & Xerox PARC FTP site
December,
1994
( P.S. )
“More Than Just Words / Lambda, the Ultimate Political Party” webbed Lisp Pointers,
Pitman’s “P.S.” column,
Vol. VII, No. 4
[Belorussian translation]
June,
1994
( P.S. )
“Accelerating Hindsight / Lisp as a Vehicle for Rapid Prototyping” webbed Lisp Pointers,
Pitman’s “P.S.” column,
Vol. VII, No. 1-2
December,
1993
( P.S. )
“The Best of Intentions / EQUAL Rights--and Wrongs--in Lisp” webbed Lisp Pointers,
Pitman’s “P.S.” column,
Vol. VI, No. 4.
March,
1993
( P.S. )
“What’s in a Name? / Uses and Abuses of Lispy Terminology” webbed Lisp Pointers,
Pitman’s “P.S.” column,
Vol. VI, No. 1
September,
1992
( P.S. )
“dpANS Common Lisp / Don’t Judge a Spec by its Cover!” webbed Lisp Pointers,
Pitman’s “P.S.” column,
Vol. V, No. 3
March,
1990
  “Exceptional Situations In Lisp” webbed First European Conference on the Practial Application of Lisp (EUROPAL) 1990;
won “Best Paper” Award
(supersedes 1985 WP)
December,
1988
  Chapter 29 (Conditions) of
Common Lisp, The Language, Second Edition
webbed Digital Press &
CMU website
June,
1988
  “Technical Issues in the Separation of Function Cells and Value Cells”
(1 of 2 co-authors)
webbed Lisp and Symbolic Computation,
Vol. 1, No. 1;
a subset of X3J13/86-010.
March,
1988
  “Nettoyage de Common Lisp”
(1 of 2 co-authors)
unavailable Enjeux, No. 88
(written in English,
published in French)
March,
1988
“Common Lisp Condition System, Revision #18” web-accessible plain text X3J13 design document
(There is a specific document number, but I’ll have to look it up sometime. --KMP)
February,
1988
[Wiley] “Support for Knowledge Aquisition in the Knowledge Engineer’s Assistant (KEATS)”
(1 of 4 co-authors)
webbed Expert Systems,
Vol. 5, No. 1.
February,
1988
MIT “Interactions in Lisp” webbed First International Workshop on Lisp Evolution and Standardization (IWoLES)
(invited talk)
December,
1986
OU
“KEATS: The Knowledge Engineer’s Assistant”
(1 of 5 co-authors)
unavailable Open University HCRL
Tech Report 20
September,
1986
MIT The Revised3 Report on the Algorithmic Language Scheme
(1 of 17 co-authors)
web-accessible PS and PDF (scanned) MIT AI Memo 848a
Other formats also available
February,
1985
OU
“CREF: An Editing Facility for Managing Structured Text” web-accessible PS and PDF (scanned) MIT AI Memo 829 &
Open University HCRL
Tech Report 14
[PS] [PDF]
February,
1985
“Exceptional Situations in Lisp” web-accessible PDF (scanned) MIT AI Working paper 268
[Citation info] [PDF]  [New!]
September,
1984
MIT “The Description of Large Systems” webbed paper
and supporting documents
Annotated, updated paper (HTML)
Excerpted supporting CL code (plain text)
Original document (scanned):
  MIT AI Memo 801 [PS] [PDF]
May,
1983
The Revised Maclisp Manual (Saturday Evening Edition) hardcopy & later version webbed MIT LCS Tech Report 295, the Saturday Evening Edition, was published in hardcopy in 1983; an updated Sunday Morning Edition was published to the web in 2007.
February,
1983
MIT “Interfacing to the Programmer’s Apprentice” web-accessible PDF (scanned) MIT AI Working paper 244
[Citation info] [PDF]  [New!]
August,
1980
  “Special Forms in Lisp” webbed 1980 Lisp Conference
June,
1979
“A FORTRAN→LISP Translator” webbed 1979 Macsyma Users’ Conference

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