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Programming Languages and Operational Semantics

A Concise Overview

  • Provides the foundations and tools needed to design new programming languages and understand existing ones

  • Explains in a concise way the most significant constructs of modern imperative, functional and logic programming languages

  • Each chapter contains exercises that provide an opportunity to apply the concepts and techniques presented

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

Part of the book series: Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science (UTICS)

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-ix
  2. Preliminaries

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Introduction

      • Maribel Fernández
      Pages 3-19
    3. Mathematical Background

      • Maribel Fernández
      Pages 21-41
  3. Imperative Languages

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 43-43
    2. General Features of Imperative Languages

      • Maribel Fernández
      Pages 45-60
    3. Operational Semantics of Imperative Languages

      • Maribel Fernández
      Pages 61-90
  4. Functional Languages

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 91-91
    2. General Features of Functional Languages

      • Maribel Fernández
      Pages 93-120
    3. Operational Semantics of Functional Languages

      • Maribel Fernández
      Pages 121-151
  5. Logic Languages

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 153-153
    2. General Features of Logic Programming Languages

      • Maribel Fernández
      Pages 155-166
    3. Operational Semantics of Prolog

      • Maribel Fernández
      Pages 167-177
    4. Answers to Selected Exercises

      • Maribel Fernández
      Pages 179-206
  6. Back Matter

    Pages 207-209

About this book

This book provides an introduction to the essential concepts in programming languages, using operational semantics techniques. It presents alternative programming language paradigms and gives an in-depth analysis of the most significant constructs in modern imperative, functional and logic programming languages. The book is designed to accompany lectures on programming language design for undergraduate students. Each chapter includes exercises which provide the opportunity to apply the concepts and techniques presented.

Reviews

From the book reviews:

“This text can serve as a complement to traditional undergraduate programming language course resources or as the main textbook for introductory courses in programming language operational semantics. The book is well organized, flows well, and is pleasant to read. … Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and faculty.” (D. Papamichail, Choice, Vol. 52 (5), January, 2015)

“There are many things in this book that would lead to its recommendation as a course textbook: it provides a good breadth of material, and a stepping stone from programming experience to more theoretical aspects of programming languages. … it would be an excellent addition to a reference list that could be used to inform a solid understanding of programming language theory.” (Sara Kalvala, Computing Reviews, July, 2014)

Authors and Affiliations

  • King's College London, London, United Kingdom

    Maribel Fernández

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