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Modern Programming Languages: A Practical Introduction [Paperback]

Adam Webber

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Franklin, Beedle & Associates Inc (12 Dec 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887902767
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887902762
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 19.3 x 2.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,707,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Intended for computer science majors, this textbook introduces the abstract concepts that underlie all programming languages, and provides tutorials on ML, Java, and Prolog. Webber (University of Wisconsin) explains the grammar that defines syntax and semantics, language systems, types, polymorphism, scope, memory location for variables, memory man

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent coverage of ML, Java, Prolog, and PL theory 3 April 2005
By Nikitas Liogkas - Published on Amazon.com
This is one of the most clear and enjoyable Computer Science books I have ever read -- and being a CS Ph.D. student I've read quite a lot! The examples are at the right level of complexity, and the exercises at the end of each chapter are actually (gasp) fun! Alternating theoretical and practical chapters makes for a very balanced reading, where abstract concepts are explained by linking them to real language features.

The book smoothly moves the reader through Standard ML, Java and Prolog in a concise and pleasant manner. Although it doesn't go deep in any of these languages, it provides the reader with enough background to create simple programs and utilize the power of each language; the interested reader can go on to learn advanced language features with the confidence that all the basics have been covered. The book draws clear distinctions between all three languages, each of which represents a different way of thinking about programming. If you are looking for an excellent book on programming languages, or you just want to get a feel about different programming paradigms, this is your book!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gentle Programming Languages text w/ functional languages 7 May 2004
By Wayne Iba - Published on Amazon.com
I just finished using this book teaching our Programming Languages course. We easily covered the entire book in a 15 week semester while adding additional material on Formal Semantics and Concurrent Programming. I really loved the book; the writing was engaging (I'm not kidding, this is the best textbook I've ever seen) and the supporting materials were extremely helpful. The greater-than-usual attention to functional programming languages (Webber covers ML, Java and Prolog) was initially the most important feature for me.
The only possible complaint about the text is that it doesn't go into more detail on a number of topics. The next time I teach the class, I would be happy to use it again while providing supplemental material, although I am considering Friedman et al's Essentials of Programming Languages.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book on learning Basic Computer Languages. 29 Sep 2006
By Magickal Merlin - Published on Amazon.com
This is a great textbook for people wanting to learn the basics of programming computers.It logically presents ML,Java and Prolog.The first sentence states,"Computer programmes are practical magic.".It absolutely is ! You will enjoy reading the historical background on programming too.The ideas really are not difficult to fathom .If you have a desire to learn the foundations of computer language design.For an advanced computer student,this book will be repetitive and frivolous.Yet,i found this basic programming book to be enjoyable and insightful.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good 6 Oct 2013
By robinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The book is in perfect conditions. If you buy you will see that the book is better than a new one.
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