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Programming Languages: Principles and Practice Hardcover – July 16, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0534953416 ISBN-10: 0534953417 Edition: 2nd

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About the Author

Kenneth C. Louden is Emeritus Professor of Computer Science and a past chair of the Department of Computer Science at San Jose State University, Silicon Valley's primary supplier of graduates to the tech industry. He has written several texts and articles on advanced topics in computer science.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 2 edition (July 16, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0534953417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0534953416
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 1.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,001,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's just way too vague, trying to cover too many things.
Matt Greer
I used the book for an online course and resorted to consulting other books, such as "Learning Computer Programming: It's Not About Languages" by Mary E. Farrell.
Mark Twain
The examples are missing depth; many examples do not have good descriptions or explanations.
R. Wheeler

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Matt Greer on December 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I used this book for my programming language concepts course, and I was quite disappointed. It's just way too vague, trying to cover too many things. And few, if any, of the concepts from chaper to chapter carry through to develop a cohesive understanding. I also think most people who'd consider this book (or take a class requiring it) should have the knack to pick this stuff up pretty quickly from experimenting and perhaps a website tutorial or two.
I did enjoy the chapter on axiomatic semantics, which offers a straightforward approach to proving programs and more importantly loop invariants. But that was hardly worth nearly $100.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Twain on September 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is probably the worst textbook on this topic because it does little justice to the concepts. I found it hard to understand exactly what the book was talking about and what the exercise questions were asking. In many cases, I was unable to find any corelating content in the book, between questions and answers.

The book also references some languages such as ADA , FORTRAN, ML, etc. Unfortunately, it simply touches each one vaguely. I was REALLY put off by this book. It is very verbose and does not approach topics in a linear way. I used the book for an online course and resorted to consulting other books, such as "Learning Computer Programming: It's Not About Languages" by Mary E. Farrell.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By NETCF Man on January 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I had the author as a professor and his teaching is like the book: vague and incomplete. The book tries to cover too much and therefore fails to go into depth on any subject. The book doesn't provide enough information to answer many of the chapter questions and I find that absolutely unaccepatable in a textbook. I found the chapter on program language history interesting, but that alone cannot make up for the book's failures. The book is in the $100 price range which is a joke.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By CS Books on October 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is very vague, doesn't go into enough detail about anything and the examples and practice problems are badly worded and poorly explained. HORRIBLE. I've heard that Programming Language Pragmatics by Michael L. Scott is a great book.
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