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3.4 Lambda Lists

A lambda list is a list that specifies a set of parameters (sometimes called lambda variables) and a protocol for receiving values for those parameters.

There are several kinds of lambda lists.

Context                                      Kind of Lambda List                              
defun form                                   ordinary lambda list                             
defmacro form                                macro lambda list                                
lambda expression                            ordinary lambda list                             
flet local function definition               ordinary lambda list                             
labels local function definition             ordinary lambda list                             
handler-case clause specification            ordinary lambda list                             
restart-case clause specification            ordinary lambda list                             
macrolet local macro definition              macro lambda list                                
define-method-combination                    ordinary lambda list                             
define-method-combination :arguments option  define-method-combination arguments lambda list  
defstruct :constructor option                boa lambda list                                  
defgeneric form                              generic function lambda list                     
defgeneric method clause                     specialized lambda list                          
defmethod form                               specialized lambda list                          
defsetf form                                 defsetf lambda list                              
define-setf-expander form                    macro lambda list                                
deftype form                                 deftype lambda list                              
destructuring-bind form                      destructuring lambda list                        
define-compiler-macro form                   macro lambda list                                
define-modify-macro form                     define-modify-macro lambda list                  

Figure 3-10. What Kind of Lambda Lists to Use

The next figure lists some defined names that are applicable to lambda lists.

lambda-list-keywords  lambda-parameters-limit    

Figure 3-11. Defined names applicable to lambda lists

3.4.1 Ordinary Lambda Lists

3.4.2 Generic Function Lambda Lists

3.4.3 Specialized Lambda Lists

3.4.4 Macro Lambda Lists

3.4.5 Destructuring Lambda Lists

3.4.6 Boa Lambda Lists

3.4.7 Defsetf Lambda Lists

3.4.8 Deftype Lambda Lists

3.4.9 Define-modify-macro Lambda Lists

3.4.10 Define-method-combination Arguments Lambda Lists

3.4.11 Syntactic Interaction of Documentation Strings and Declarations

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