Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs: JavaScript Edition

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MIT Press, Apr 12, 2022 - Computers - 640 pages
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A new version of the classic and widely used text adapted for the JavaScript programming language.

Since the publication of its first edition in 1984 and its second edition in 1996, Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs (SICP) has influenced computer science curricula around the world. Widely adopted as a textbook, the book has its origins in a popular entry-level computer science course taught by Harold Abelson and Gerald Jay Sussman at MIT. SICP introduces the reader to central ideas of computation by establishing a series of mental models for computation. Earlier editions used the programming language Scheme in their program examples. This new version of the second edition has been adapted for JavaScript.

The first three chapters of SICP cover programming concepts that are common to all modern high-level programming languages. Chapters four and five, which used Scheme to formulate language processors for Scheme, required significant revision. Chapter four offers new material, in particular an introduction to the notion of program parsing. The evaluator and compiler in chapter five introduce a subtle stack discipline to support return statements (a prominent feature of statement-oriented languages) without sacrificing tail recursion.

The JavaScript programs included in the book run in any implementation of the language that complies with the ECMAScript 2020 specification, using the JavaScript package sicp provided by the MIT Press website.

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To understand programming at a fundamental level, beyond making license plates with various languages this book is a must. The true fundamentals are presented in a well structured curriculum and learning scheme is mental steroids for programmers. Read full review


Modularity Objects and State
Metalinguistic Abstraction
Computing with Register Machines
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Harold Abelson is Class of 1922 Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at MIT. Gerald Jay Sussman is Panasonic Professor of Electrical Engineering at MIT. Martin Henz is Associate Professor of Computer Science at the National University of Singapore. Tobias Wrigstad is Professor of Computer Science at Uppsala University.

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