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3.1 The Read-Eval-Print Loop

When you first start up Scheme from the command line, you will be typing at a program called the Read-Eval-Print Loop (abbreviated REPL). It displays a prompt at the left hand side of the screen whenever it is waiting for input. You then type an expression (terminating it with RET). Scheme evaluates the expression, prints the result, and gives you another prompt.