"Gunter's book treats the essence of programming language theory—the span between the "meaning" of a computer program, and the concrete and intricate ways in which programs are executed by a machine. He brings together the established theoretical advances in this range. It is rewarding for someone who has played a small part in these developments to see them laid out so expertly, and with such pedagogic concern; readers new to the field—and many who already know a lot about it—will also be rewarded by following its carefully designed path." -- Robin Milner, University of Edinburgh
"Carl Gunter's Semantics of Programming Languages is a much-needed resource for students, researchers, and designers of programming languages. It is both broader and deeper than previous books on the semantics of programming languages, and it collects important research developments in a carefully organized, accessible form. Its balanced treatment of operational and denotational approaches, and its coverage of recent work in type theory are particularly welcome." -- David MacQueen, Head, Software Principles Department, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey
" Semantics of Programming Languages by Carl Gunter, is an outstanding exposition of the mathematical definition of functional programming languages, and of the underlying theory of domains. It combines the clarity needed for an advanced textbook with a thoroughness that should make it a standard reference work." -- John C. Reynolds, Professor of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University
" Semantics of Programming Languages is a worthy successor to Stoy and Schmidt. It is an ideal way for researchers in programming languages and advanced graduate students to learn both modern semantics and category theory. I have used a very early draft of a few chapters with some success in an advanced graduate class at Iowa State University. I am glad that Professor Gunter has added more introductory material, and also more detail on type theory. The book has a balanced treatment of operational and fixed point semantics, which reflects the growing importance of operational semantics. The book has excellent pointers into the literature." -- Gary Leavens, Department of Computer Science, Iowa State University
"Carl Gunter's Semantics of Programming Languages is a readable and carefully worked out introduction to essential concepts underlying a mathematical study of programming languages. Topics include models of the lambda calculus, operational semantics, domains, full abstractions, and polymorphism. The tone, selection of material, and exercises are just right -- the reader experiences an appealing and rigorous, but not overwhelming, development of fundamental concepts." -- Neil D. Jones, Professor of DIKU (Computer Science Department), the University of Copenhagen
About the Author
Carl A. Gunter is Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania.