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About the Author
Michael L. Scott is a professor and past Chair of the Computer Science Department at the University of Rochester. He is best known for work on synchronization and concurrent data structures: algorithms from his group appear in a wide variety of commercial and open-source systems. A Fellow of the ACM and the IEEE, he shared the 2006 Dijkstra Prize in Distributed Computing. In 2001 he received the University's Robert and Pamela Goergen Award for Distinguished Achievement and Artistry in Undergraduate Teaching.
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Programming Language Pragmatics is one huge exception. None of the books I have read come close to the clarity that this book exhibits. On many occassions, the choice of words and presentation in this book has made me go 'Wow, I thought I already knew this stuff...'
Besides core topics, it has interesting discussion like concurrency, data-abstraction (object-oriented) and non-imperative programming models (functional and logic).
TOC (with my comments)
Ch. 1 Introduction
Ch. 2 Programming Language Syntax (theory of Regular Expression, Context-Free Grammars, Automata etc)
Ch. 3 Names, Scopes, and Bindings (binding, scope rules, closures etc)
Ch. 4 Semantic Analysis (attribute grammars, attribute flow, syntax tree etc)
Ch. 5 Assembly-Level Computer Architecture (keeping the pipeline full, register allocation etc)
Ch. 6 Control Flow
(expression evaluation, iteration, recursion, nondeterminacy etc)
Ch. 7 Data Types (type checking, pointers and recursive types etc)
Ch. 8 Subroutines and Control Abstraction (stack layout, calling sequences, parameter passing etc)
Ch. 9 Building a Runnable Program (back-end compiler structure, intermediate forms etc)
Ch. 10 Data Abstraction and Object Orientation (encapsulation, inheritance, dynamic method binding, multiple inheritance, the object model of smalltalk)
Ch. 11 Nonimperative Programming Models: Functional and Logic Languages
Ch. 12 Concurrency (shared memory, message passing etc)
Ch. 13 Code Improvement (peephole, redundancy elimination, data flow analysis, loop improvement, instruction scheduling, register allocation etc)
App. A Programming Languages Mentioned
App. B Language Design and Language Implementation
This is a very impressive book; truly one of my best investments in books so far.
On the flipside, however, I doubt you will get much out of this book if you have not explored several different programming languages already.
Without a bit of experience in the covered topics you will probably not find the book to be very useful, however. It does not contain any tutorials on the languages it covers, nor does it really go into any depth on many of the features it describes. Its descriptions are very concise, making for a hard read if you dont have an inkling of what he is talking about already.
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For everyone that ever has worked on or plans to implement a compiler/interpreter. It gave me many new insights on different implementation issues. Read morePublished on May 30 2003 by SVENSSON KURT
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