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Overview

The innovative approach of the first edition of Programming Language Pragmatics provided students with an integrated view of programming language design and implementation, while offering a solid teaching text on timely language topics in a rigorous yet accessible style.

The new edition carries on these distinctive features as well as the signature tradition of illustrating the most recent developments in programming language design with a variety of modern programming languages.

  • Addresses the most recent developments in programming language design, including C99, C#, and Java 5
  • Introduces and discusses scripting languages throughout the book as well as in an entire new chapter
  • Includes a comprehensive chapter on concurrency, with coverage of the new Java concurrency package (JSR 166) and the comparable mechanisms in C#
  • Updates many sections and topics, including iterators, exceptions, polymorphism, templates/generics, scope rules and declaration ordering, separate compilation, garbage collection, and threads and synchronization
  • Highlights the interaction and tradeoffs inherent in language design and language implementation decisions with over 100 "Design and Implementation" call-out boxes
  • Adds end-of-chapter "Exploration" exercises-open-ended, research-type activities
  • Provides review questions after sections for quick self-assessment
  • Includes over 800 numbered examples to help the reader quickly cross-reference and access content

"...highlights the interaction between programming language design & implementation...explains how a compiler works, what it does to a source program, & why...also explains how to choose an appropriate language for a given application."

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This textbook for a programming languages course focuses on concepts that underlie all of the languages normally encountered, illustrating those concepts with examples from various languages. Language design and implementation are explored together, with an emphasis on the ways in which they interact. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"Michael Scott's book could have been entitled 'Why Programming Languages Work' ... Its comprehensive and integrated presentation of language design and implementation illustrates and explains admirably the many deep and profitable connections among these fields." —Jim Larus, Microsoft Research

"This book is the best and most complete on this topic that I've seen." —Klaus Ostermann, Darmstadt University of Technology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780126339512
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 11/21/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 912
  • Product dimensions: 7.56 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael L. Scott is a professor in the University of Rochester’s Department of Computer Science, which he chaired from 1996 to 1999. He is the designer of the Lynx distributed programming language and a co-designer of the Charlotte and Psyche parallel operating systems, the Bridge parallel file system, the Cashmere distributed shared memory system, and the MCS mutual exclusion lock. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1985.

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Table of Contents

Part I Foundations

1. Introduction
2. Programming Language Syntax
3. Names, Scopes, and Bindings
4. Semantic Analysis
5. Target Machine Architecture
Part II Core Issues in Language Design
6. Control Flow
7. Data Types
8. Subroutines and Control Abstraction
9. Data Abstraction and Object Orientation
Part III Alternative Programming Models
10. Functional Languages
11. Logic Languages
12. Concurrency
13. Scripting
Part IV A Closer Look at Implementation
14. Building a Runnable Program
15. Code Improvement
Appendix A. Programming Languages Mentioned
Appendix B. Language Design and Language Implementation
Appendix C. Numbered Examples
Bibliography
Index

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