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Computer Science - Software Engineering | Programming Languages and Operational Semantics

Programming Languages and Operational Semantics

A Concise Overview

Fernández, Maribel

2014, IX, 209 p. 10 illus.

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  • Provides the foundations and tools needed to design new programming languages and understand existing ones
  • Explains in a concise way the most significant constructs of modern imperative, functional and logic programming languages
  • Each chapter contains exercises that provide an opportunity to apply the concepts and techniques presented

Providing a concise introduction to the essential concepts in programming languages, using techniques from operational semantics, this book highlights three major programming paradigms:

• Imperative languages: the main features of these languages are     illustrated with examples in Java, Python, C;

• Functional languages: modern languages such as ML and Haskell are used to describe the functional style of programming;

• Logic languages: the last part of the book gives an overview of logic programming using Prolog.

Following a general description of each family of languages, their semantics are studied using abstract machines and structural operational semantics. Programming Languages and Operational Semantics gives an in-depth analysis of the basic concepts in programming languages instead of a mere survey of languages, assisting the understanding of the fundamental notions in programming languages over simply describing their properties.

It is addressed to undergraduate students, as a complement to programming courses.

Content Level » Lower undergraduate

Keywords » Functional programming - Imperative programming - Operational semantics - Programming languages - Programming paradigms

Related subjects » Software Engineering - Theoretical Computer Science

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