Exceptionally comprehensive in approach, this book explores the major issues in both design and implementation of modern programming languages and provides a basic introduction to the underlying theoretical models on which these languages are based. The emphasis throughout is on fundamental concepts—readers learn important ideas, not minor language differencesbut several languages are highlighted in sufficient detail to enable readers to write programs that demonstrate the relationship between a source program and its execution behaviore.g., C, C++, JAVA, ML, LISP, Prolog, Smalltalk, Postscript, HTML, PERL, FORTRAN, Ada, COBOL, BASIC SNOBOL4, PL/I, Pascal.
Begins with a background review of programming languages and the underlying hardware that will execute the given program; then covers the underlying grammatical model for programming languages and their compilers (elementary data types, data structures and encapsulation, inheritance, statements, procedure invocation, storage management, distributed processing, and network programming). Includes an advanced chapter on language semanticsprogram verification, denotational semantics, and the lambda calculus.
For computer engineers and others interested in programming language designs.
Describes programming language design by means of the underlying software and hardware architecture. Examples of language constructs are given in several languages to demonstrate their universality, and brief summaries are given of 11 languages. Models of program design covered include applicative programming and text processing applications. Assumes familiarity with a procedural language. This fourth edition contains new material on the Web's impact on programming, distributed computing, and the PERL and Postscript languages. Pratt is affiliated with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Zelkowitz is affiliated with the University of Maryland. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)