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Concepts in Programming Languages - John C. Mitchell

Concepts in Programming Languages


Published: 14th October 2002
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For undergraduate and beginning graduate students, this textbook explains and examines the central concepts used in modern programming languages, such as functions, types, memory management, and control. The book is unique in its comprehensive presentation and comparison of major object-oriented programming languages. Separate chapters examine the history of objects, Simula and Smalltalk, and the prominent languages C++ and Java. The author presents foundational topics, such as lambda calculus and denotational semantics, in an easy-to-read, informal style, focusing on the main insights provided by these theories. Advanced topics include concurrency, concurrent object-oriented programming, program components, and inter-language interoperability. A chapter on logic programming illustrates the importance of specialized programming methods for certain kinds of problems. This book will give the reader a better understanding of the issues and tradeoffs that arise in programming language design, and a better appreciation of the advantages and pitfalls of the programming languages they use.

'... an extremely rich source of important information, subtle issues, and diverse and challenging exercises ... the book is interesting, challenging and a pleasure to read.' JFP

Functions and Foundations
Lisp: functions, recursion and lists
Procedures, Types, Memory Management and Control
The Algol family and ML
Type systems and type inference
Scope, functions and storage management
Control in sequential languages
Modularity, Abstraction and Object-Oriented Programming
Data abstraction and modularity
Concepts in object-oriented languages
History of objects: simula and smalltalk
Objects and run-time efficiency: C++
Portability and safety: Java
Concurrency and Logic Programming
Concurrent and distributed programming
The logic programming paradigm and prolog by Krzysztof Apt
Appendix: additional programming examples
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ISBN: 9780521780988
ISBN-10: 0521780985
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 540
Published: 14th October 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.3 x 17.7  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 1.18