Progress in Theoretical Computer Science

Comparative Metric Semantics of Programming Languages

Nondeterminism and Recursion

Authors: Breughel, Franck van

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During the last three decades several different styles of semantics for program­ ming languages have been developed. This book compares two of them: the operational and the denotational approach. On the basis of several exam­ ples we show how to define operational and denotational semantic models for programming languages. Furthermore, we introduce a general technique for comparing various semantic models for a given language. We focus on different degrees of nondeterminism in programming lan­ guages. Nondeterminism arises naturally in concurrent languages. It is also an important concept in specification languages. In the examples discussed, the degree of non determinism ranges from a choice between two alternatives to a choice between a collection of alternatives indexed by a closed interval of the real numbers. The former arises in a language with nondeterministic choices. A real time language with dense choices gives rise to the latter. We also consider the nondeterministic random assignment and parallel composition, both couched in a simple language. Besides non determinism our four example languages contain some form of recursion, a key ingredient of programming languages.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Comparative Metric Semantics of Programming Languages
Book Subtitle
Nondeterminism and Recursion
Authors
Series Title
Progress in Theoretical Computer Science
Copyright
1998
Publisher
Birkhäuser Basel
Copyright Holder
Birkhäuser Boston
eBook ISBN
978-1-4612-4160-7
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4612-4160-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-8176-3927-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4612-8680-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 220
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