This book unites two approaches to teaching programming languages, one based on a survey of languages and the other on writing definitional interpreters. It has been used as a textbook at over fifty institutions worldwide, and is referenced by non-academic users on the Web. You can learn about the differences between versions, and get the accompanying software, from the book's Web site (www.plai.org).
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Note: This book is no longer being maintained. There is a second edition, linked from the book's Web site, but the content has since been incorporated into a new book that will also be linked from the book's Web site when it's ready for public consumption.
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By J. Pablo Fernandez
Oct 15, 2009
"This book is great!" This book is just great, it walks you through the creation of various interpreters for different programming languages, in a simple and easy-to-understand way. You can inspect different aspects of languages, like lexical vs dynamic scope, typed vs dynamic, lazy vs eager, etc; playing with your own interpreter. The interpreters are written in Scheme, but no advanced feature is used, you can learn the Scheme used in the book in a day. I'm very thankful to Shriram Krishnamurthi for having written this book.
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