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Programming Language Pragmatics

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Programming Language Pragmatics is the most comprehensive programming language textbook available today. Taking the perspective that language design and language implementation are tightly interconnected, and that neither can be fully understood in isolation, this critically acclaimed and bestselling book has been thoroughly updated to cover the most recent developments in ...more
Paperback, Third Edition, 944 pages
Published April 6th 2009 by Morgan Kaufmann (first published January 1st 1997)
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The scope of "Proglangprag" (how I've taken to saying it) is enormous. It is not only a (fairly) comprehensive survey of languages, but also a pretty decent guide to understanding how languages are parsed, scanned, and turned into machine language.

Make no mistake: you won't be able to write a compiler for your own language using just this book as your guide. Nor will you be able to write any functioning programs of your own in any of the languages featured in this book.

So what's the point? Well,
Bought this book in about 2000 for a college course, and held onto it all this time. The class was only a quarter, so I'm sure we didn't go through the whole book in that time. I just reread it from cover to cover, and it has held up pretty well. The newest language covered in my copy was java, but the fundamentals of languages don't change that much in ten years, and I felt like it was a good refresher and overview of some technical things that you just don't interact with much in a non-academi ...more
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