Design is an essential topic for all compuer science students regardless of whether or not they will ever have to create a programming language. The user who understands the motivation for various language facilities will be able to use them more intelligentlu; the compiler writer to implement them more reasonably. Implementation is also important since the language designer must be aware of the costs of the facilities provided. This text treats the design and implementation of programming languages as fundamental skills that all computer scientists should possess. It illustrates concepts with representative languages from five generations of language development. Design and implementation issues surrounding Fortran, Algol-60, Pascal, Ada, Lisp, SmallTalk, and Prolog are covered in-depth as case studies to illustrate larger themes. The implementation techniques discussed in this text are seminal; they form the basis of techniques that will continue to be useful and that can be varied to achieve a wide range of goals.
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Bruce J. MacLennan, Associate Professor of Computer Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.Review:
"I love this book. The approach, contents (coverage), and presentation are just right!"--Ernest Paquet, Walsh University
"Very good book, nicely organized. Gives an excellent historical perspective on the development of PLs and the motivation for change." --Violetta Cavalli-Sforza, San Francisco State University
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Book Description Oxford University Press, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110195105834