Mitchell Wand

Mitchell Wand is Professor of Computer Science at Northeastern University.

  • Essentials of Programming Languages, Third Edition

    Essentials of Programming Languages, Third Edition

    Daniel P. Friedman and Mitchell Wand

    A new edition of a textbook that provides students with a deep, working understanding of the essential concepts of programming languages, completely revised, with significant new material.

    This book provides students with a deep, working understanding of the essential concepts of programming languages. Most of these essentials relate to the semantics, or meaning, of program elements, and the text uses interpreters (short programs that directly analyze an abstract representation of the program text) to express the semantics of many essential language elements in a way that is both clear and executable. The approach is both analytical and hands-on. The book provides views of programming languages using widely varying levels of abstraction, maintaining a clear connection between the high-level and low-level views. Exercises are a vital part of the text and are scattered throughout; the text explains the key concepts, and the exercises explore alternative designs and other issues. The complete Scheme code for all the interpreters and analyzers in the book can be found online through The MIT Press web site. For this new edition, each chapter has been revised and many new exercises have been added. Significant additions have been made to the text, including completely new chapters on modules and continuation-passing style. Essentials of Programming Languages can be used for both graduate and undergraduate courses, and for continuing education courses for programmers.

    • Hardcover $85.00 £66.00
  • Essentials of Programming Languages, Second Edition

    Essentials of Programming Languages, Second Edition

    Daniel P. Friedman, Christopher T. Haynes, and Mitchell Wand

    This textbook offers a deep understanding of the essential concepts of programming languages. The approach is analytic and hands-on. The text uses interpreters, written in Scheme, to express the semantics of many essential language elements in a way that is both clear and directly executable. It also examines some important program analyses. Extensive exercises explore many design and implementation alternatives.

    • Hardcover $62.00
  • Essentials of Programming Languages

    Essentials of Programming Languages

    Daniel P. Friedman, Christopher T. Haynes, and Mitchell Wand

    Essentials of Programming Languages teaches the fundamental concepts of programming languages through numerous short programs, or 'interpreters," that actually implement the features of a language.

    What really happens when a program runs? Essentials of Programming Languages teaches the fundamental concepts of programming languages through numerous short programs, or "interpreters," that actually implement the features of a language. Nearly 300 exercises using these programs provide a hands-on understanding of programming principles that is hard, if not impossible, to achieve by formal study alone. In an approach that is uniquely suited to mastering a new level of programming structure, the authors derive a sequence of interpreters that begins with a high-level operational specification (close to formal semantics) and ends with what is effectively assembly language a process involving programming transformation techniques that should be in the toolbox of every programmer. The first four chapters provide the foundation for an indepth study of programming languages, including most of the features of Scheme, needed to run the language-processing programs of the book. The next four chapters form the core of the book, deriving a sequence of interpreters ranging from very high- to very low-level. The authors then explore variations in programming language semantics, including various parameter-passing techniques and object-oriented languages, and describe techniques for transforming interpreters that ultimately allow the interpreter to be implemented in any low-level language. They conclude by discussing scanners and parsers and the derivation of a compiler and virtual machine from an interpreter.

    • Hardcover $70.00
    • Paperback $38.95 £26.95