>I agree that the LispM documentation could have been better for beginners,
>but I think that most would agree it left the documentation of most
>competitors--including some pretty large companies--in the dust.
Compared to the godforsaken unix man pages, I thought the lispm manuals
from TI and Symbolics were incredibly detailed and informative, and I
probably picked up a moderate amount of lispm hacking in about 1/52th the
amount of time it took me to get an equivalent grasp of unix systems
I never took any courses, I just picked up a couple of lispms people were
getting rid of and spent a week installing the system software and trying
everything out. I even manged to debug jwz's screen saver hacks that
weren't working with the (older) version of flavors I had...
Of course, some of those mental bits are gone again since I can't afford
the power bills to run those machines that often. :-)