Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science

Programming Languages: Principles and Paradigms

Authors: Gabbrielli, Maurizio, Martini, Simone

  • Self-contained and straightforward approach that requires some familiarity with only one programming language (unlike many competitor books)
  • Clearly separates between the design, implementation and pragmatic aspects of programming languages
  • Explicit treatment of the main programming paradigms
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About this Textbook

This excellent addition to the UTiCS series of undergraduate textbooks provides a detailed and up to date description of the main principles behind the design and implementation of modern programming languages.

Rather than focusing on a specific language, the book identifies the most important principles shared by large classes of languages. To complete this general approach, detailed descriptions of the main programming paradigms, namely imperative, object-oriented, functional and logic are given, analysed in depth and compared. This provides the basis for a critical understanding of most of the programming languages.

An historical viewpoint is also included, discussing the evolution of programming languages, and to provide a context for most of the constructs in use today. The book concludes with two chapters which introduce basic notions of syntax, semantics and computability, to provide a completely rounded picture of what constitutes a programming language.

Reviews

From the reviews:

“This undergraduate textbook on the principles of programming languages has many commendable aspects. It is grounded on sound principles of computing, with machines taking a central role. The authors use activation stacks and other machine-level abstractions to explain many complex ideas--such as scopes and evaluation mechanisms--in concrete terms. Furthermore, many aspects of C++, Java, and C# are covered and contrasted in substantial detail. … In short, what the text covers, it covers well … .” (Simon Thompson, ACM Computing Reviews, January, 2011)

“This book provides a detailed description of the main principles behind the design and implementation of modern programming languages. … Primarily, the text is intended as a university textbook, but is also suitable for personal study of professionals who wish to deepen their knowledge of the mechanisms that lie behind the languages they use.” (Stefan Meyer, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1204, 2011)


Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Abstract Machines

    Gabbrielli, Maurizio (et al.)

    Pages 1-25

  • How to Describe a Programming Language

    Gabbrielli, Maurizio (et al.)

    Pages 27-55

  • Foundations

    Gabbrielli, Maurizio (et al.)

    Pages 57-65

  • Names and The Environment

    Gabbrielli, Maurizio (et al.)

    Pages 67-90

  • Memory Management

    Gabbrielli, Maurizio (et al.)

    Pages 91-118

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eBook $34.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-84882-914-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Download immediately after purchase
Softcover $49.95
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-84882-913-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Programming Languages: Principles and Paradigms
Authors
Series Title
Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer-Verlag London
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag London Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-84882-914-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-84882-914-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-84882-913-8
Series ISSN
1863-7310
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 440
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