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Principles of Programming Languages: Design, Evaluation, and Implementation 3rd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0195113068
ISBN-10: 0195113063
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"I love this book. The approach, contents (coverage), and presentation are just right!"--Ernest Paquet, Walsh University

"Very good book, nicely organized. Gives an excellent historical perspective on the development of PLs and the motivation for change." --Violetta Cavalli-Sforza, San Francisco State University

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Bruce J. MacLennan, Associate Professor of Computer Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 3 edition (March 25, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195113063
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195113068
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,339,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Today I needed to recommend a book that would treat the ideas and concepts behind good programming. I remembered in college that I had taken a languages course, I looked on my bookshelf, and found this text. I started to re-read it, and found that the ideas and concepts that are covered in this book are still relevant and well treated for today's computing landscape. I only have the 2nd edition so it does not have a treatment of C or C++, but the ideas that it conveyes are still the most important aspect of learning about computer languages. A language you know does not help you with designing good code, however concepts of computer languages will help you no matter what language you code. Inside the cover flap reads a list of principles that are covered throughout the book in each section. Some of them are: Abstraction, Automation, Infomation hiding, Orthogonality, Portability, etc. I would recommend this book to anyone who wanted to learn how to *design* quality software from the ground up. This book will not teach you a language, this book will teach you how to design good code.
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Although it's unlikely you'll ever use the programing languages discussed in this book, it's a good book to have as it teaches you the theory and motivation of programming languages in general.
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Even though it was a refurb copy, the book was as good as new. And the price I paid for it did all justice to the book.
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It works perfectly. I love it. the delivery was also fast.
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This book reads like it was written in 1990 and the author never bothered to do any further research. It makes some good points, but it should not be a first choice for a survey of the state of the art with regard to functional, OO, and logic programming.
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