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By Robert W. Sebesta

For undergraduate scholars in computing device technological know-how and laptop Programming courses.

Now in its 10th version, Concepts of Programming Languages introduces scholars to the most constructs of latest programming languages and offers the instruments had to seriously overview present and destiny programming languages. Readers achieve a pretty good starting place for realizing the elemental thoughts of programming languages in the course of the author's presentation of layout concerns for numerous language constructs, the exam of the layout offerings for those constructs in one of the most universal languages, and important comparability of the layout possible choices. moreover, Sebesta strives to organize the reader for the examine of compiler layout by means of offering an in-depth dialogue of programming language buildings, offering a proper approach to describing syntax, and introducing techniques to lexical and syntactic analysis.

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The design of Java requires checks of the types of nearly all variables and expressions at compile time. This virtually eliminates type errors at run time in Java programs. Types and type checking are discussed in depth in Chapter 6. One example of how failure to type check, at either compile time or run time, has led to countless program errors is the use of subprogram parameters in the original C language (Kernighan and Ritchie, 1978). In this language, the type of an actual parameter in a function call was not checked to determine whether its type matched that of the corresponding formal parameter in the function.

The address of the next instruction to be executed is maintained in a register called the program counter. The fetch-execute cycle can be simply described by the following algorithm: initialize the program counter repeat forever fetch the instruction pointed to by the program counter increment the program counter to point at the next instruction decode the instruction execute the instruction end repeat 20 Chapter 1 Preliminaries The “decode the instruction” step in the algorithm means the instruction is examined to determine what action it specifies.

Optimization is the name given to the collection of techniques that compilers may use to decrease the size and/or increase the execution speed of the code they produce. If little or no optimization is done, compilation can be done much faster than if a significant effort is made to produce optimized code. The choice between the two alternatives is influenced by the environment in which the compiler will be used. In a laboratory for beginning programming students, who often compile their programs many times during development but use little code at execution time (their programs are small and they must execute correctly only once), little or no optimization should be done.

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