Algol-like Languages

  • Peter W. O’Hearn
  • Robert D. Tennent

Part of the Progress in Theoretical Computer Science book series (PTCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction

    1. Peter W. O’Hearn, Robert D. Tennent
      Pages 1-15
  3. Historical Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Peter Naur, J. W. Backus, F. L. Bauer, J. Green, C. Kafz, J. McCarthy et al.
      Pages 19-49
    3. Christopher Strachey
      Pages 51-64
  4. Basic Principles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. John C. Reynolds
      Pages 67-88
    3. Peter W. O’Hearn
      Pages 89-99
    4. Matthias Felleisen, Stephen Weeks
      Pages 101-124
    5. John C. Reynolds
      Pages 125-156
  5. Language Design

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. John C. Reynolds
      Pages 173-233
    3. Vipin Swarup, Uday S. Reddy, Evan Ireland
      Pages 235-271
    4. John C. Reynolds
      Pages 273-286
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 287-287

About this book


In recent years there has been a remarkable convergence of interest in programming languages based on ALGOL 60. Researchers interested in the theory of procedural and object-oriented languages discovered that ALGOL 60 shows how to add procedures and object classes to simple imperative languages in a general and clean way. And, on the other hand, researchers interested in purely functional languages discovered that ALGOL 60 shows how to add imperative mechanisms to functional languages in a way that does not compromise their desirable properties. Unfortunately, many of the key works in this field have been rather hard to obtain. The primary purpose of this collection is to make the most significant material on ALGoL-like languages conveniently available to graduate students and researchers. Contents Introduction to Volume 1 1 Part I Historical Background 1 Part n Basic Principles 3 Part III Language Design 5 Introduction to Volume 2 6 Part IV Functor-Category Semantics 7 Part V Specification Logic 7 Part VI Procedures and Local Variables 8 Part vn Interference, Irreversibility and Concurrency 9 Acknowledgements 11 Bibliography 11 Introduction to Volume 1 This volume contains historical and foundational material, and works on lan­ guage design. All of the material should be accessible to beginning graduate students in programming languages and theoretical Computer Science.


ALGOL Algol 60 Clean Variable algorithms concurrency functional programming logic programming language semantics theoretical computer science

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter W. O’Hearn
    • 1
  • Robert D. Tennent
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of Computer ScienceQueen Mary&Westfield CollegeLondonEngland
  2. 2.Dept. of Computing and Information ScienceQueen’s UniversityKingston, OntarioCanada

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