Programming Language Pragmatics / Edition 4

Programming Language Pragmatics / Edition 4

by Michael L. Scott
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Programming Language Pragmatics / Edition 4

Programming Language Pragmatics addresses the fundamental principles at work in the most important contemporary languages, highlights the critical relationship between language design and language implementation, and devotes special attention to issues of importance to the expert programmer. Thanks to its rigorous but accessible teaching style, you’ll emerge better prepared to choose the best language for particular projects, to make more effective use of languages you already know, and to learn new languages quickly and completely.


  • Addresses the most recent developments in programming language design, spanning more than forty different languages, including Ada 95, C, C++, Fortran 95, Java, Lisp, Scheme, ML, Modula-3, Pascal, and Prolog.
  • Places a special emphasis on implementation issues—how the techniques used by compilers and related tools influence language design, and vice versa.
  • Covers advanced topics in language design and implemenation, such as iterators, coroutines, templates (generics), separate compilation, I/O, type inference, and exception handling.
  • Reviews language-related topics in assembly-level architecture critical for understanding what a compiler does to a program.
  • Offers in-depth coverage of object-oriented programming, including multiple inheritance and dynamic method binding.
  • Devotes a special section to static and dynamic linking.
  • Includes a comprehensive chapter on concurrency, with detailed coverage of both shared-memory and message-passing languages and libraries.
  • Provides an accessible introduction to the formal foundations of compilation (automata theory), functional programming (lambda calculus), and logic programming (predicate calculus).

About 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780124104099
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Publication date: 12/25/2015
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 992
Sales rank: 267,103
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Michael L. Scott is a professor and past Chair of the Computer Science Department at the University of Rochester. He is best known for work on synchronization and concurrent data structures: algorithms from his group appear in a wide variety of commercial and open-source systems. A Fellow of the ACM and the IEEE, he shared the 2006 Dijkstra Prize in Distributed Computing. In 2001 he received the University's Robert and Pamela Goergen Award for Distinguished Achievement and Artistry in Undergraduate Teaching.

Table of Contents

Preface ..... xiii
Chapter 1: Introduction ..... 1
Chapter 2Programming Language Syntax ..... 27
Chapter 3: Names, Scopes, and Bindings ..... 93
Chapter 4: Semantic Analysis ..... 145
Chapter 5: Assembly-Level Computer Architecture ..... 181
Chapter 6: Control Flow ..... 223
Chapter 7: Data Types ..... 287
Chapter 8: Subroutines and Control Abstraction ..... 383
Chapter 9: Data Abstraction and Object Orientation ..... 441
Chapter 10: Functional and Logic Languages ..... 495
Chapter 11: The Back End of the Compiler ..... 557
Chapter 12: Concurrency ..... 615
Appenidix: Programming Languages Mentioned ..... 675
Bibliography ..... 683
Index ..... 707

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