An ABSLOUTE must read for all software engineers and programmers and especially so if you work with object oriented or functional programming language Takeaways 1 dataflow variables kind of like futures you can wait on even if they ve not *Been Defined Make Reasoning About Concurrency Much Easier 2 Reasoning * defined make reasoning about concurrency much easier 2 reasoning distributed state is possible but wow 3 constraint programming is beautiful and perhaps a bit magical 4 available paradigms in a given language seems like a massive massive win Best programming book I ever read It gets to the heart of the technology favoring no one language over another Comprehensive and should be reuired reading Explains what object oriented programming is really about and illuminates it s limitations First three chapters were a god send Always found something new each time I re read it It s like the gift that keeps on giving Also it s free online I d read and completed most of the exercises from the Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs SICP a couple of months ago Then I ve stumbled on reviews saying that this book is a logical next step in learning the programming language theory I don t agree with them It really doesn t add that much Many topics and examples are ust reiterations of those from SICPChapters concerning concurrent programming are well worth reading but because of the choice of the language and its kernel implementation it s hard to Professors and Their Politics justump into them If you re coming from SICP I d rather recommend reading books on dataflow concurrency and concurrent programming with threads and message passingIn my opinion CTM is an reading books on dataflow concurrency and concurrent programming with threads and message passingIn my opinion CTM is an to but not a continuation of SICPIf you re still wondering whether this book is worth reading there s a nice summary of its content on authors pag. One by one thus showing the deep relationships between different models The kernel languages are defined precisely in terms of a simple abstract machine Because a wide variety of languages and programming paradigms can be modeled by a small set of closely related kernel languages this approach allows programmer and student to grasp the underlying unity of programming The book has many program fragments and exercises all of which can be run on the Mozart Programming System an Open Source software package that features an interactive incremental development environment.
Summary Ã eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Peter Van RoyInteresting read nice introduction I thought this book would be the holy grail It is in a lot of ways It s an extraordinary book that paves the way for how programming aught to be taughtIt s pragmatic in the sense that it teaches effective problem solving gradually introducing new ways to accomplish programming tasks Unlike most intro programming books that only teach within the object oriented paradigm CTM accomplish programming tasks Unlike most intro programming books that only teach within the object oriented paradigm CTM OOP as ust one way of many There s a heavy focus on declarative programming and concurrency and even if you only use popular languages you ll be able to apply the techniues learned to whatever you re working onAdditionally and unlike similar books like the venerable Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs CTM covers the formal underlying semantic model of the Oz programming language which helps to demystify programming language theory and allows for a thorough understanding of how your code is translated by the compilerMy gripes The Oz language is not elegant in appearance It is verbose and clunky This appears to be intentional so as to avoid obfuscation of intent However after being introduced to elegant declarativefunctional languages such as Haskell and Scheme I felt pained to work with a language like Oz It may seem silly but the feeling you get while using a language is very importantAlso the Oz programming environment does not feel mature It s made to work best in Emacs which is fine with me but I had a hard time finding documentation for things like the compiler and the book doesn t help much with this The general advice seems to be to go to the mailing list but this seems like a bad excuseIn any case this book is well worth the money and I have gone back to it many times It s the closest we ll get to. This innovative text presents computer programming as a unified discipline in a way that is both practical and scientifically sound The book focuses on techniues of lasting value and explains them precisely in terms of a simple abstract machine The book presents all major programming paradigms in a uniform framework that shows their deep relationships and how and where to use them togetherAfter an introduction to programming concepts the book presents both well known and lesser known computation models programming paradigms Each model has its own set of techniues and. A modern programming bible Mind blowing in diversity and depth of ideas For me it was a great introduction to dataflow programming and the relational and constraint models whoa I never moved this to read interesting i went back through a majority of it this Sunday night writing an outline
for pltthe writing is exceptional the kind wherePLTthe writing is exceptional the kind where immediately realize this will be a textbook a class above the main excellent bibliography rich in historical notes lots of connections by far the best material on notes lots of connections by far the best material on programming outside of ShapiroSterling s The Art of Prolog i deduct one star because their mozartoz system reminded me overmuch of sueaksmalltalk and thus gave recurring offense regardless a new bar has been set regarding programming language design from a rather applied perspective than is usually the casetogether with pierce s Types and Programming Languages and additionally barendregt S THE LAMBDA CALCULUS FOR THOSE BORN OR REBORN The Lambda Calculus for those born or reborn this provides a fine graduate semester class on programming language theory and formal semantics 2009 04 11 Took a while but I finally finished this Plenty of good concepts in here starting with dataflow variables I didn t know the concepts and building all the way up to distributed systems uite incredible to see pretty much all the computation models built up from the ground up with the bare minimum of parts Breathtaking tribute to how simple programming can beIt s a textbook and trying to read it as a book rather than as reference for a semester is pretty dense going In particular I found the formal definitions not particularly enlightening nor informative for the practicality of programming Learn a lot about computational modelsIdeas about the models last not for framework though. Each is included on the basis of its usefulness in practice The general models include declarative programming declarative concurrency message passing concurrency explicit state object oriented programming shared state concurrency and relational programming Specialized models include graphical user interface programming distributed programming and constraint programming Each model is based on its kernel language a simple core language that consists of a small number of programmer significant elements The kernel languages are introduced progressively adding concepts.