Foundations of Programming Languages by Kent D. LeeFoundations of Programming Languages by Kent D. Lee

Foundations of Programming Languages

byKent D. Lee

Paperback | February 3, 2015

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This clearly written and simple to follow textbook introduces the reader to the three styles of programming, examining object-oriented/imperative, functional, and logic programming. The focus of the text moves from highly prescriptive languages to very descriptive languages, demonstrating the many and varied ways in which we can think about programming.

Designed for interactive learning both inside and outside of the classroom, each programming paradigm is highlighted through the implementation of a non-trivial programming language, demonstrating when each language may be appropriate for a given problem.

Topics and features: includes review questions and solved practice exercises, with supplementary code and support files available from an associated website; discusses the historical background to the models of computation used in implementing the programming languages we use today; provides the foundations for understanding how the syntax of a language is formally defined by a grammar; examines assembly language programming through a series of examples, using a Python Virtual Machine implementation called CoCo; introduces object-oriented languages through examples in C++, functional programming with Standard ML, and programming using the logic language Prolog; describes the development and implementation of a type inference system for the full-featured functional language Small.

Suitable for students of computer science at the undergraduate level, this engaging textbook takes an active learning approach to the next stage in understanding programming languages, once the reader has established some familiarity with an imperative language and the basics of data structures.

Dr. Kent D. Lee is Professor of Computer Science at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, USA. He is the author of the successful Springer textbookPython Programming Fundamentalsand the forthcomingData Structures and Algorithms with Python.
Title:Foundations of Programming LanguagesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:354 pages, 23.5 × 15.5 × 0.01 inPublished:February 3, 2015Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3319133136

ISBN - 13:9783319133133

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Table of Contents



Assembly Language


Standard ML

Compiling Standard ML


Type Inference

The CoCo Virtual Machine Specification

The Standard ML Basis Library