AutoLISP® is an easy-to-learn programming language for the non-programmer. Programming is simply intelligently obtaining and using or reusing data. This hands-on lab shows you how to recognize the type of data that you need, get that data, and then use it. Part 1 of this class focuses on the terminology and syntax (the format and the functions that your programs need to follow) used in AutoLISP. You create a simple program or 2 using math and numeric data types. Part 2 moves into the gathering and use of other data types. You learn how to get data from the user of your programs, and then manipulate and apply that data in various ways. You learn how to add objects to your drawing as well as edit existing objects in your drawing. If you want to learn LISP but have felt you did not have enough time or the ability to comprehend and learn it, attend this class. I guarantee that you can learn this language and make yourself more productive.
- Explain common AutoLISP programming terms
- Identify the common data types encountered within AutoCAD® software and AutoLISP
- Use the Visual LISP Editor to write and format simple LISP routines
- Load, use, and make available for future use those programs that will automate workflow
Craig Black has been working with Autodesk, Inc., products since 1985. He has been teaching in the Mechanical Design Technologies programs of Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) since 1990. At FVTC, he has developed 2 programs within his department, the CAD Management Advanced Certificate and the Mechanical CAD Drafting Technical Diploma. He has been presenting at Autodesk University for many years, offering classes on diverse topics ranging from programming and customization to solid modeling and CAD standards. He is a co-author of the widely acclaimed AutoCAD and Its Applications textbook, published by Goodheart-Wilcox, and he has been contracted to do training all over the United States. When not teaching, he works as a programmer/consultant for a large furniture manufacturer based in Wisconsin. Time and weather permitting, Black likes to squeeze in a few rounds of golf each week, as well as cheer for his beloved 13-time NFL World Champion Green Bay Packers.