Re: Looking for papers/book on the art of language design

"Jonathan Thornburg" <jthorn@aei.mpg.de>
8 Apr 2006 16:02:42 -0400

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From: "Jonathan Thornburg" <jthorn@aei.mpg.de>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 8 Apr 2006 16:02:42 -0400
Organization: Compilers Central
References: 06-03-029
Keywords: design, books

Kevin Szabo <kszabo@bcml120x.ca.nortel.com> wrote:
> Does anyone have a reference to a tutorial or explanation of how a
> modern language is designed; I'm specifically thinking of application
> specific languages but pointers to discussions about designing general
> purpose languages are welcome.


You might enjoy reading
      Bjarne Stroustrup
      "The Design and Evolution of C++"
      Addison-Wesley, 1994, paperback ISBN 0-201-54330-3


This book is essentially an "design rationale" for why the author
designed C++ the way he did. It includes discussions of the basic
principles which guided the design, the types of user problems which
lead to the inclusion of various C++ features, alternate designs which
were considered, and even some features which were tried out and
later dropped.


ciao,


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