The aim of the Handbook of Programming Languages is the provision of a single comprehensive source for information concerning individual programming languages and methodologies for computing professionals. The Handbook will be published in multiple volumes and will cover a wide range of languages organized by type and functionality.By referencing the Handbook, a professional programmer will be able to access the fundamental features of a language, find instructions on writing code and be provided with bibliographical data as well as links to on-line and/or CD-ROM sources of further information concerning the language.The scope of the Handbook will be quite broad, offering references and programming materials to 20-30 languages of various types.
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Object-Oriented Programming Languages, the first volume in the Handbook of Programming Languages series, is the largest of the four books in the set. The text comprehensively surveys the object-oriented universe of languages and adequately discusses the paradigm and history of each language.
Volume 1 begins with a concise yet useful introduction to object-oriented programming (OOP) and states the benefits of this powerful development approach. The second chapter discusses object-oriented communications software--in particular, the Adaptive Communication Environment (ACE) framework. This latter chapter is more technically challenging, but both of these chapters lay a good foundation for OOP.
The book continues with a section on Smalltalk--one of the most "pure" object-oriented languages around. A chapter entitled "Smalltalk: A Developer's Perspective" puts the language in high-level context, explaining its importance and its benefits for real-world implementation.
A brief history and detailed discussion of the architecture of C++ follows, along with a chapter on common C++ traps and pitfalls. Next, the text presents Eiffel--an object-oriented development lifecycle and language--and two single chapters on Ada 95 and Modula-3. The book wraps up with three chapters on the latest object-oriented language to take the development community by storm--Java. This section features a detailed introductory discussion coauthored by James Gosling--the chief creator of Java. --Stephen Plain
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Book Description Macmillan Technical Pub, 1998. Textbook Binding. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111578700086