Essentials of Programming Languages / Edition 3

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Overview

This book provides students with a deep, working understanding of the essential concepts of programming languages. Most of these essentials relate to the semantics, or meaning, of program elements, and the text uses interpreters (short programs that directly analyze an abstract representation of the program text) to express the semantics of many essential language elements in a way that is both clear and executable. The approach is both analytical and hands-on. The book provides views of programming languages using widely varying levels of abstraction,
maintaining a clear connection between the high-level and low-level views. Exercises are a vital part of the text and are scattered throughout; the text explains the key concepts, and the exercises explore alternative designs and other issues. The complete Scheme code for all the interpreters and analyzers in the book can be found online through The MIT Press Web site. For this new edition, each chapter has been revised and many new exercises have been added. Significant additions have been made to the text, including completely new chapters on modules and continuation-passing style. Essentials of Programming Languages can be used for both graduate and undergraduate courses, and for continuing education courses for programmers.Daniel
P. Friedman is Professor of Computer Science at Indiana University and is the author of many books published by The MIT Press, including The Little Schemer (fourth edition, 1995), The Seasoned Schemer (1995), A Little Java, A Few Patterns (1997),
each of these coauthored with Matthias Felleisen, and The Reasoned Schemer (2005),
coauthored with William E. Byrd and Oleg Kiselyov. Mitchell Wand is Professor of
Computer Science at Northeastern University.

The MIT Press

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Text for students from the sophomore to the graduate level, and for continuing education classes for professional programmers, provides a deep, hands-on understanding of the essential concepts of programming languages, using Scheme as an executable metalanguage. Assumes at least one year of programming experience, including experience with a high-level language and assembly language, and an introduction to data structures. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262062794
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 4/30/2008
  • Edition description: third edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 449,488
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel P. Friedman is Professor of Computer Science at Indiana University and is the author of many books published by the MIT Press, including The Little
Schemer
(fourth edition, 1995), The Seasoned Schemer
(1995), A Little Java, A Few Patterns (1997), each of these coauthored with Matthias Felleisen, and The Reasoned Schemer
(2005), coauthored with William E. Byrd and Oleg Kiselyov.

Mitchell Wand is Professor of Computer Science at Northeastern University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Hal Abelson Abelson, Hal

1 Inductive Sets of Data 1

2 Data Abstraction 31

3 Expressions 57

4 State 103

5 Continuation-Passing Interpreters 139

6 Continuation-Passing Style 193

7 Types 233

8 Modules 275

9 Objects and Classes 325

App. A For Further Reading 373

App. B The SLLGEN Parsing System 379

Bibliography 393

Index 401

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