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Programming Languages Book (free pdf)

From: Paul L.
Sent on: Saturday, October 22, 2011 2:45 PM
At the last reading club I mentioned the textbook for a great course on programming language design (particularly functional) I took at UBC (CS 311). 

If you work through the first 11 chapters, you'll implement a lisp-like language from scratch including the parser, AST, etc.. and add things like closures, laziness, recursion, vals/vars (they call them something different mutable boxes and immutable or something), and bunch of other neat ideas I can't remember off the top of my head.

In the lisp tradition, scheme/racket is the host language you write your interpreter in, and the language you implement is very lisp-like. 

Definitely one of the best courses I took in my undergrad. 

(after the course I spent a couple days implementing a smiliar play-lisp in javascript as the host language, here's the result: ) 

Paul Lambert

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