- Series: MIT Press
- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: The MIT Press; third edition edition (April 18, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0262062798
- ISBN-13: 978-0262062794
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Essentials of Programming Languages (MIT Press) third edition Edition
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Having taught from EOPL for several years, I appreciate the way it produces students who understand the terminology and concepts of programming languages in a deep way, not just from reading about the concepts, but from programming them and experimenting with them. This new edition has an increased emphasis on types as contracts for defining procedure interfaces, which is quite important for many students. This new emphasis meshes well with the way the domains and operations of the interpreters are described.(Gary T. Leavens, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science,University of Central Florida)
With lucid prose and elegant code, this book provides the most concrete introduction to the few building blocks that give rise to a wide variety of programming languages. I recommend it to my students and look forward to using it in my courses.(Chung-chieh Shan, Department of Computer Science, Rutgers University)
About the Author
Daniel P. Friedman is Professor of Computer Science at Indiana University and coauthor of The Little Schemer (fourth edition), The Reasoned Schemer, The Seasoned Schemer, and Essentials of Programming Languages (third edition), all published by the MIT Press.
Mitchell Wand is Professor of Computer Science at Northeastern University.
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If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
On the other hand, the quality of the book and the paper are good. It has a lot of very decent exercises and the subjects are well-explained.