Formal Syntax and Semantics of Programming Languages: A Laboratory Based Approach / Edition 1

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Formal Syntax and Semantics of Programming Languages: A Laboratory Based Approach presents a panorama of techniques in formal syntax, operational semantics and formal semantics. Using a teaching/learning perspective rather than a research-oriented approach, an understanding of the meta-languages is accessible to anyone with a basic grounding in discrete mathematics and programming language concepts. Throughout the book, valuable hands-on laboratory exercises provide the opportunity for practical application of difficult concepts. Various exercises and examples, implementing syntactic and semantic specifications on real systems, give students hands-on practice. Supplemental software is available on disk or via file transfer protocol. This book is suitable for an advanced undergraduate or introductory graduate level course on the formal syntax and semantics of programming languages.

With this book, readers with a basic grounding in discreet mathematics will be able to understand the practical applications of these difficult concepts. The book presents the typically difficult subject of "formal methods" in an informal, easy-to-follow manner. A "laboratory component" is integrated throughout the text.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780201656978
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
  • Publication date: 4/28/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 6.54 (w) x 9.47 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Specifying Syntax 1
Ch. 2 Introduction to Laboratory Activities 31
Ch. 3 Attribute Grammars 59
Ch. 4 Two-Level Grammars 105
Ch. 5 The Lambda Calculus 139
Ch. 6 Self-Definition of Programming Languages 167
Ch. 7 Translational Semantics 187
Ch. 8 Traditional Operational Semantics 223
Ch. 12 Algebraic Semantics 443
Ch. 13 Action Semantics 507
Appendix A: Logic Programming with Prolog 565
Appendix B: Functional Programming with Scheme 587
Bibliography 611
Index 625
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