Appendix F

AutoLISP Basics and Advanced Customization Tools

You may have heard of AutoLISP, Visual LISP, VBA, .NET Framework, Active X, and ObjectARX. What exactly are they? These are all programming languages, environments, and tools used, among other things, to customize and automate AutoCAD beyond what can be done by simpler methods like shortcuts, macros, and the CUI, all explored earlier in this book.

To properly discuss all these methods would take up quite a few volumes of text, and indeed much has been written concerning all of them. Our goal here is to introduce the very basics of AutoLISP and only gloss over the rest, so at least you have an idea of what they are. If advanced customization or software development work interests you, ...

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