Advanced Programming Language design


This book stems in part from courses taught at the University of Kentucky and at the University of Wisconsin–Madison on programming language design. There are many good books that deal with the subject at an undergraduate level, but there are few that are suitable for a one-semester graduatelevel course.

This book is my attempt to fill that gap. The goal of this course, and hence of this book, is to expose first-year graduate students to a wide range of programming language paradigms and issues, so that they can understand the literature on programming languages and even conduct research in this field. It should improve the students’ appreciation of the art of designing programming languages and, to a limited degree, their skill in programming.