M. Ben-Ari,"Understanding Programming Languages"
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons | ISBN: 0471958468 | edition March 12, 1996 | PDF | 376 pages | 1 mb
To say that a good programmer can write good software in any language is like saying that a good pilot can fly any aircraft: true, but irrelevant. The choice of a programming language is one of the most important factors that influence the ultimate quality of a software system. Unfortunately, too many programmers have poor linguistic skills: they are passionately in love with their "native" language, but are not able to analyze language constructs. Understanding Programming Languages explains:
what alternatives are available to the language designer
how language constructs should be used for safety and readability
how language constructs are implemented
the role of language in expressing and enforcing abstractions.