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Programming Languages: Principles and Paradigms (Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science)

Programming Languages: Principles and Paradigms (Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science)

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By: Maurizio Gabbrielli (Author), Simone Martini (Author)  (Paperback - 2010)
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» Paperback: (440 pages)
» Publisher Springer (April 15, 2010)
» ISBN: 1848829132
» Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
» Sales Rank: #312,150 in Books
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With great pleasure, I accepted the invitation extended to me to write these few lines of Foreword. I accepted for at least two reasons. The ?rst is that the request came to me from two colleagues for whom I have always had the greatest regard, starting from the time when I ?rst knew and appreciated them as students and as young researchers. The second reason is that the text by Gabbrielli and Martini is very near to the book that I would have liked to have written but, for various reasons, never have. In particular,theapproachadoptedinthisbookistheonewhichImyselfhavefollowed when organising the various courses on programming languages I have taught for almost thirty years at different levels under various titles. The approach, summarised in 2 words, is that of introducing the general concepts (either using linguistic mechanisms or the implementation structures corresponding to them) in a manner that is independent of any speci?c language; once this is done, "real languages" are introduced. This is the only approach that allows one to - veal similarities between apparently quite different languages (and also between paradigms). At the same time, it makes the task of learning different languages e- ier. In my experience as a lecturer, ex-students recall the principles learned in the course even after many years; they still appreciate the approach which allowed them to adapt to technological developments without too much dif?culty.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 30,000 Foot View for that Job Interview!, July 12, 2013
This review is from: Programming Languages: Principles and Paradigms (Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science) (Paperback)
It amazes me as a software patent evaluator how many "job interview -- coding practice" books get lost in the details of hash tables and trees, and often miss the point of systems overview completely. The bottom line of this fine text in my opinion-- aim high! Four of the hottest career areas in IT AREN'T in coding (so much of it is being outsourced to India, China and Russia)-- they are in management of: 1. Data Science 2. Embedded Systems 3. Networking 4. Sploits.

There even is a new "CTO" type job-- CDSO, for "Chief Data Science Officer." These management, team leadership and high level positions don't require you to create a list prioritization algorithm on the whiteboard in C# in half an hour, but they DO require you to understand how systems from the machine and network levels relate to solutions in choice of languages, software and --especially-- paradigms.

In talking with programmers and engineers all day who submit new software for patents, I'm... Read more
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