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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Poor quality kindle version. Nov. 25 2011
By gracamac - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This review is on the kindle version of the book, and the rating reflects the quality of that particular version. Despite that, the book content is great, and i would recommend getting the hard-copy.

The kindle version is very poorly created. My main issues with it are:
- The index contains no numbers. It is just a list of terms without definitions.
- The example titles (i.e. Example 1.1:....) do not line up with the actual examples. You have to scroll up and down to find them.
- On kindle for PC, the quick contents (available from the left menu) only shows the sections, not the contents. If you want to quickly go to another chapter in the book, you have to go go to the contents section at the start of the book. This is not an issue with kindle software as other books have managed to have better contents.
- Some text as not copied across properly, I see some broken words and formatting issues.
- You cannot copy and paste from this book if you are outside the US. This is a limitation placed on us by the publisher.
- This may be an issue with kindle for PC, or the indexing of the book, but the search feature does not allow for partial matches of words. i.e. a search for scope will not match scopes.
- This is an issue with kindle for PC, and is not factored in my judgement of the book, but I should warn buyers that kindle for PC has a character limit on search (3 characters minimum). This prevents you for searching for uses of operators in programming books.

I don't really have anything positive to say for the kindle version of this book. Because of the above issues I always fall back on a PDF version of an earlier edition of this book that i have. It is essentially a waste of money for me.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
If you buy the Kindle Edition, you can obtain the missing portions of the book online. Dec 10 2010
By tom - Published on Amazon.com
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UPDATED 3/2011: I had originally posted the review below, complaining that the Kindle version of Programming Language Pragmatics was a rip-off, because (1) you didn't get the CD that accompanies the print version, and (2) that missing CD includes large portions of the book. In March 2011, the publisher posted a responsive comment providing a link to an on-line copy of the material on the CD. Currently, the url is [...] . Given that the missing parts of the book are now available even if one buys the Kindle version, my original complaints about the book are no longer valid. I've kept the original review below just for context, but please note that I now have only good things to say about the book, which is worth reading in its entirety.

ORIGINAL REVIEW from 12/2010 (NOW SUPERSEDED - see above): Michael L. Scott's Programming Language Pragmatics is an excellent book about programming languages, language design, and compilers. Unfortunately, the Kindle edition simply omits large portions of the book. It's a rip-off. If you want the complete book, stick with the print edition. Here's the problem. Starting with the second edition, and continuing with the third edition, parts of the print edition were moved to a companion CD - for example, parts of chapters 2, 3, and 4, and all of chapter 5, are on the companion CD that accompanies the print edition - in order to keep the print edition from being too thick. Unfortunately, in the Kindle edition, they have neither integrated the companion CD into the text, nor provided you with the CD (or its contents) - you simply don't get those portions of the book at all. This is a rip-off - you are paying just as much for the Kindle edition as you would for the print edition, but not getting the entire book. I was looking forward to reading this on my Kindle, having read prior editions in hardcopy, but once I realized that I didn't get the entire book, I had Amazon refund my money and ordered the print edition.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
More comfortable to read than 'The dragon book' Aug. 23 2013
By Baggers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Whilst the dragon book has become pretty much the go-to book for learning about compilers and language implementation, I found this one be much nicer to read.
I find that some texts expect you to be able to instantly grasp a whole new collection of constructs and keep them all in your head as the author connects their importance together. This book (thankfully) takes a bit more time with the reader and so even though the author took more pages to introduce topics I found myself making progress faster with the material.

Another wonderful thing is the author's knowledge across programming languages is fantastic. Along with many of the techniques are discussions of the pros and cons, the languages that have used them and their effect, within a couple of pages you can see ada, prolog, common lisp & haskell.

I'm only a couple of hundred pages in so far but am loving this book.
If you are interested in language design and implementation this is the book you should go for.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
For the seasoned developer Dec 13 2011
By Deborah Mccain - Published on Amazon.com
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I would highly recommend this book for the seasoned developer. The author has a dry sense of humor in writing (to this very dry topic), and much of the language is lost if the reader does not have a solid foundation in programming languages; which I did not.

When purchased, I started to read, and immediately thought my new career move should be abandoned. However, after purchasing books that are at the beginner level, I am thoroughly enjoying Scott's book, as with each reading, I 'get" more of what he is writing about.

Even beginners should buy this book. Put it in clear view on the bookshelf, and work towards it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Programming languages exposed. July 15 2012
By Andrew - Published on Amazon.com
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If you want thoroughly understand computer science then this book is meant for you.
From it you`ll learn almost every aspect of CS that you name.


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