Concepts in Programming Languages by John C. Mitchell

By John C. Mitchell

For undergraduate and starting graduate scholars, this textbook explains and examines the valuable options utilized in smooth programming languages, akin to capabilities, varieties, reminiscence administration, and keep an eye on. The e-book is exclusive in its complete presentation and comparability of significant object-oriented programming languages. Separate chapters learn the heritage of items, Simula and Smalltalk, and the well known languages C++ and Java. the writer offers foundational issues, resembling lambda calculus and denotational semantics, in an easy-to-read, casual kind, concentrating on the most insights supplied via those theories. complex themes comprise concurrency, concurrent object-oriented programming, software elements, and inter-language interoperability. A bankruptcy on common sense programming illustrates the significance of specialised programming tools for convinced sorts of difficulties. This booklet will supply the reader a greater figuring out of the problems and tradeoffs that come up in programming language layout, and a greater appreciation of the benefits and pitfalls of the programming languages they use.

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Cond . . else rplacaset rplacdset mapcar t nil nil nil progn car! cdr! 1 Statements and Expressions Just as virtually all natural languages have certain basic parts of speech, such as nouns, verbs, and adjectives, there are programming language parts of speech that occur in most languages. The most basic programming language parts of speech are expressions, statements, and declarations. These may be summarized as follows: 25 26 Lisp: Functions, Recursion, and Lists Expression: a syntactic entity that may be evaluated to determine its value.

Lambda calculus also uses different conventions about parenthesization. (x 2 + y) in lambda calculus, but as (lambda (x) (+ (square x) y)) in Lisp. 4 Innovations in the Design of Lisp placeholder in the function definition that will refer to the actual parameter when the function is applied. More specifically, consider the expression ((lambda (x) (+ (square x) y)) 4) that applies a function to the integer 4. This expression can be evaluated only in a context in which y already has a value. The value of this expression will be 16 plus the value of y.

Else if pn then en else no value in an Algol-like notation, except that most programming languages do not have a direct way of specifying the absence of a value. In brief, the value of (cond (p1 e1 ) . . (pn en )) is the first ei , proceeding from left to right, with pi nonnil and pj nil (representing false) for all j < i. If there is no such ei then the conditional expression has no value. If any of the expressions p1 . . pn have side effects, then these will occur from left to right as the conditional expression is evaluated.

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