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Lisp in Small Pieces
Lisp in Small Pieces
von Christian Queinnec
  Gebundene Ausgabe

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Good book on functional languages., 28. November 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Lisp in Small Pieces (Gebundene Ausgabe)
This is the English Translation of a book originally published in French, under the title _Les_Langages_Lisp_.
In it, Quinniec covers a variety of different approaches to interpretation and compilation. Typically, an idea is presented with a chapter discussing the issues related to it -- then in the following chapter, a compiler or interpreter that implements it correctly. He covers compilation to C, compilation to bytecodes, direct interpretation, token-reduced interpretation, denotational semantics, lambda-calculus, continuations, macros, and an object system. It's well-written and engaging, and unlike some translations, the English is handled very well. The primary language being considered (and used) is Scheme -- arguably the easiest LISP dialect to implement and the hardest to implement well.


Compiler Design (International Computer Science Series)
Compiler Design (International Computer Science Series)
von Renhard Wilhelm
  Taschenbuch
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4.0 von 5 Sternen authoritative, informative, and dull., 28. November 1999
This is a useful and highly informative text. It covers technique and structures for the efficient compilation of OO, functional, and Logic Programming Languages -- languages not well covered by the Dragon Book. The code examples are sparse, and in pseudocode. The authors present a lot of theory as mathematical formalisms -- one of the most precise and complete ways to do it of course, but reading it is uphill work. They also cover technique and give reasonable discussion of the complexity of various approaches. The coverage of detail is absolutely superb.
However, to my eye and mind, the book is dreadfully dull. I find most compiler texts fun and engaging, inviting me to explore new ideas and make judgements about approaches. By contrast, this text is like being led by the hand (or by the nose) through every decision, idea, and comparison by someone who knows everything there is to know about it and doesn't care what you think or whether you get it. The technique is presented as an implementation of the theory, but real-world examples of situations requiring the application of that theory are scarce. Finally, the entire thing is written without a trace of wit or humor. I can't fault this book technically -- but I'm not confident of its ability to hold a student's attention.
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Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, 2nd Edition (MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)
Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, 2nd Edition (MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)
von Harold Abelson
  Gebundene Ausgabe

5.0 von 5 Sternen It's the classic., 25. Juni 1998
This is known as "The Wizard Book" -- and for good reason. This book is lucid, clearly explained, and has a greater density of profound ideas per page than any other textbook I have ever seen. There is no other text which clearly presents so much of the foundations of computer science. Doing it in one semester is a frantic pace -- but it's well worth spending two or even three semesters covering it well.
However, college studies aside, as a professional you will want to own this book and reread it from time to time. The stuff in it will strike sparks off the things you've been doing elsewhere and give you new ideas and perspectives -- routinely.
This is an extremely valuable book to own. I've recently gotten a new copy just because mine was getting worn out -- and it didn't wear out with light use....


Compilers
Compilers
von Alfred V. Aho
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent book for a first course in compiler construction, 2. Juni 1998
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Compilers (Gebundene Ausgabe)
If you are getting into compiler construction today, you will see a lot of "cutting edge" stuff which discusses minute details of optimization but assumes you are already versed in the art. You may also see a few "baby books" that don't require any real background but also don't give you any real depth.
This is the Standard reference on compiler construction. It assumes you are familiar with programming, and it gives you enough tools and techniques to write good compilers. More importantly, it is the book that will give you the grounding in terms of art and technique that more recent works require for comprehension.
In short, this is the book that can take you from knowing programming to knowing how to build compilers. There are cutting edge things it doesn't cover, but it gives you the knowledge to understand them when you get to them.


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