Essentials Of Programming Languages

Excellent text on demystifying programming languages and their implementations. The defining language is Scheme [SchemeLanguage], but the concepts are applicable across wide set of languages (in fact, in the first edition a series of transformations are shown that essentially generates AssemblyLanguage). Recently updated to a 2nd edition which unfortunately removes some of the more advanced material, but also makes the book more approachable.

Christopher T. Haynes was a coauthor on the second edition only. A third edition came out at the end of April 2008.

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