Manifest: Thursday, 27 January 2000
|Monday, noon||Last chance to submit project team requests|
|Thursday 3 Feb, in class||Problem Set 1: Operational Semantics
Note: Problem set says Tuesday 3 Feb, but means Thursday 3 Feb.
|·||Wenger, Programming Languages - The First 25 Years. IEEE Trans. on Computers, Dec 1976.|
|This paper was written in 1976. When you read it, consider how many of the developments the Java marketers have been trumpeting were already known. Come to class prepared to discuss how well Wenger's categories hold today, in terms of the languages you know.|
Read before next Thursday's class:
|·||Bernad A. Galler, The FORTRAN Language; David Gries, Algol 60 Language Summary|
One page language summaries from the ACM History of Programming
Languages Conference, 1978. The FORTRAN summary should give you some
idea of the state-of-the-art before Algol.
|·||P. Nauer, et. al., Report on the Algorithmic Language Algol 60. Comm. of the ACM, 1963.|
This was a landmark in both language design and description. It was
the first document to describe a language syntax using a systematic
notation (subsequently known as "Backus-Naur Form"). Algol60 had many
interesting features, some of which became adopted in nearly all
programming languages we use today, and others which disappeared. As
you read this paper, think about which features survived and try to
understand why others didn't.
|·||D. E. Knuth, The Remaining Troublespots in Algol 60. Comm. of the ACM, 1967.|
|Four years after the original report, people are still arguing over ambiguities in the language definition. Was this because of flaws in the design, or flaws in the description?|
The best book on programming for the layman is "Alice in Wonderland";
but that's because it's the best book on anything for the layman.
University of Virginia
CS 655: Programming Languages
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