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Programming Languages: Application and Interpretation

Programming Languages: Application and Interpretation

This book unites two approaches to teaching programming languages, one based on a survey of languages and the other on writing definitional interpreters. It has been used as a textbook at over fifteen institutions worldwide, and is referenced by non-academic users on the Web. The book is updated approximately every year. 'Unlike some other textbooks, this one does not follow a top-down narrative. Rather it has the flow of a conversation, with backtracking. We will often build up programs incrementally, just as a pair of programmers would. We will include mistakes, not because I don’t know the answer, but because this is the best way for you to learn. Including mistakes makes it impossible for you to read passively: you must instead engage with the material, because you can never be sure of... Show More
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