Formal Syntax and Semantics of Programming Languages: A Laboratory Based Approach

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Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1995 - Computers - 637 pages
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Formal Syntax and Semantics of Programming Languages: A Laboratory Based Approach presents a panorama of techniques in formal syntax, operational semantics and formal semantics. Using a teaching/learning perspective rather than a research-oriented approach, an understanding of the meta-languages is accessible to anyone with a basic grounding in discrete mathematics and programming language concepts.
Throughout the book, valuable hands-on laboratory exercises provide the opportunity for practical application of difficult concepts. Various exercises and examples, implementing syntactic and semantic specifications on real systems, give students hands-on practice. Supplemental software is available on disk or via file transfer protocol. This book is suitable for an advanced undergraduate or introductory graduate level course on the formal syntax and semantics of programming languages.

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About Ken Slonneger

Ken Slonnegeris an Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa where he currently serves as the Associate Chair of the Department of Computer Science. After receiving his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Illinois, Professor Slonneger taught for a number of years at the SUNY College at Fredonia, NY before coming to Iowa. His current research focuses on formal methods of speciying the semantics of programming languages and on making these methods more practical and easier to use.

Barry Kurtz is Professor and Head of Computer Science at Louisiana Tech University. He received his B.S. degree from the University of California, Riverside, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. As Principal Investigator on three National Science Foundation grants, Dr. Kurtz is an active researcher in the development of innovative curricula in Computer Science. He is also co-author of textbooks for introductory programmming and data structures courses.


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