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  • Title Practical Foundations for Programming Languages
  • Author(s) Robert Harper
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (January 11, 2014. Updated Continuously)
  • Hardcover 487 pages
  • eBook PDF, 592 pages, 1.72 MB
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1107029570
  • ISBN-13: 978-1107029576
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Book Description

This book offers an excellent introduction to a wide range of programming language concepts. They are all uniformly and carefully explained, using techniques that are very useful in practice for both analysis and implementation of programming languages.

In this innovative book, Professor Robert Harper offers a fresh perspective on the fundamentals of programming languages through the use of type theory. Whereas most textbooks on this subject emphasize taxonomy, Harper instead emphasizes genetics, examining the building blocks from which all programming languages are constructed. The result is an introduction to programming theory that is both accessible and practical.

Types are the central organizing principle of the theory of programming languages. In this innovative book, Professor Robert Harper offers a fresh perspective on the fundamentals of these languages through the use of type theory.

Whereas most textbooks on the subject emphasize taxonomy, Harper instead emphasizes genetics, examining the building blocks from which all programming languages are constructed. Language features are manifestations of type structure.

The syntax of a language is governed by the constructs that define its types, and its semantics is determined by the interactions among those constructs. The soundness of a language design - the absence of ill-defined programs - follows naturally.

Professor Harper's presentation is simultaneously rigorous and intuitive, relying on only elementary mathematics. The framework he outlines scales easily to a rich variety of language concepts and is directly applicable to their implementation. The result is a lucid introduction to programming theory that is both accessible and practical.

About the Authors
  • Robert Harper is a professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. See His Homepage
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