Higher-Order and Symbolic Computation

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 117-123

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An Introduction to Landin's “A Generalization of Jumps and Labels”

  • Hayo ThieleckeAffiliated withQMW, University of London

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This note introduces Peter Landin's 1965 technical report “A Generalization of Jumps and Labels”, which is reprinted in this volume. Its aim is to make that historic paper more accessible to the reader and to help reading it in context. To this end, we explain Landin's control operator J in more contemporary terms, and we recall Burge's solution to a technical problem in Landin's original account.

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