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Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science

Principles of Programming Languages

Authors: Dowek, Gilles

  • Presents the concepts of programming languages to enable students to use more than one language

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About this Textbook

The development of programming languages has profoundly impacted our relationship with language, complexity and machines. By introducing the principles of programming languages, using the Java language as a support, Gilles Dowek provides the necessary fundamentals of this language as a first objective.

It is important to realise that knowledge of a single programming language is not really enough. To be a good programmer, you should be familiar with several languages and be able to learn new ones. In order to do this, you’ll need to understand universal concepts, such as functions or cells, which exist in one form or another in all programming languages. The most effective way to understand these universal concepts is to compare two or more languages. In this book, the author has chosen Caml and C.

To understand the principles of programming languages, it is also important to learn how to precisely define the meaning of a program, and tools for doing so are discussed. Finally, there is coverage of basic algorithms for lists and trees.

Intended for students with some small experience of computer programming, learned empirically in a single programming language other than Java, students in both computer science and engineering will find this book a very welcome introduction to the principles of programming languages.

Written for students this book presents what all scientists and engineers should know about programming languages.

Reviews

From the reviews:

"The primary programming language topics covered are basic imperative constructs, functions, semantics, recursion, data types, exceptions, and objects. It is clear and easy to read, with nice exercises … . it is written at a good level for undergraduate students." (M. D. Derk, ACM Computing Reviews, June, 2009)

“As stated in the title, this book focuses on the principles of programming languages. … Numerous exercises are included, ranging from simplistic to relatively complex. … This book would be of most help to those who already know exactly what they are looking for and would like to see an example of that construct. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students through professionals/practitioners.” (M. B. DuBois, Choice, Vol. 47 (6), February, 2010)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Principles of Programming Languages
Authors
Series Title
Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer-Verlag London
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag London
eBook ISBN
978-1-84882-032-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-84882-032-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-84882-031-9
Series ISSN
1863-7310
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 159
Topics