Principles of Programming Languages
and Programming Paradigms

Literature references and annotations by Dick Grune, dick@dickgrune.com. Last update: Mon Apr 4 07:20:06 2011.
These references and annotations were originally intended for personal use and are presented here only in the hope that they may be useful to others. There is no claim to completeness or even correctness. Each annotation represents my understanding of the text at the moment I wrote the annotation.
No guarantees given; comments and content criticism welcome.

* John C. Mitchell, "Concepts in Programming Languages", Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 2003, pp. 529.
Unlike most books on principles of programming languages, this one is not paradigm-based: lambda calculus, Lisp and ML are seen as the foundation of computation, and much is explained in this context, including typically imperative entities like blocks, scopes, lifetimes and activation records. Some of the implementation of functional languages is treated. The book is reminiscent of Abelson & Sussman's `Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs'. An insightful chapter on logic programming by Krzystof Apt concludes the book.

* Robert W. Sebesta, "Concepts of Programming Languages", 5th Edn., Addison-Wesley, Reading, Mass., 2002, pp. 698.
Extensive, possibly long-winded, but always very clear and readable treatment of the subject, showing the maturity of a 5th(!) edition. Treats enough programming language implementation to allow the student to acquire a very concrete model of what is happening behind the screens. Very student- and teacher-friendly.
After 200 pages of concepts (history, syntax and semantics, names, bindings, scopes, etc.) the imperative and object-oriented paradigms are covers in 7 chapters (300 pages) in a mainly bottom-up fashion. Somewhat incongruously, the next two chapters treat concurrency and exception handling. Chapters about the functional and logic paradigms conclude the book.

* Allen Tucker, Robert Noonan, "Programming Languages -- Principles and Paradigms", McGraw-Hill, New York, 2002, pp. 411.
Strong, paradigm-oriented treatment of the subject in a fairly language-independent way. Many concepts are explained effectively, using the mini-language Jay, a stripped version of C, in contradiction to the claim on the cover that the it "uses Java as the language of illustration throughout the book".
In addition to the usual paradigms, the book treats event-driven programming, using java.applet.* and java.awt.*, in 32 pages. There is a chapter on semantics, explaining operational, axiomatic and denotational semantics. Most language constructs in the book are accompanied by denotational semantics. There is a chapter on memory management, covering arrays, run-time stacks, memory leaks, garbage collection and more. Another chapter treats exception handling mechanisms, this time without denotational semantics... Appendices on notation, Jay, and Java conclude the book.

* Elliott Hughes, "How many trivial getter methods does Java have?", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 37, #8, Aug. 2002, pp. 19-24.
In order to obtain statistics about the rate of occurrence of "trivial getter methods" (methods that just return the value of a private field, probably an objectionable entity), the author uses javap to disassemble sample files and uses a simple one-page Perl script to analyse it and tally trivial getter methods. It is also shown that earlier methods using regular expressions on the source code are faulty. (The conclusion is that far fewer trivial getter methods are used than has been reported previously).

* Terrence W. Pratt, Marvin V. Zelkowitz, "Programming Languages -- Design and Implementation", 4th Edn., Prentice-Hall, Upper Saddle River, N.J., 2001, pp. 649.
Like its predecessors, the book is based on the thesis that programming languages are best understood with half an eye to their implementation. The book explains the full array of programming language constructs, using examples from 11 different languages, all presented in abstracts in the book. The main story of programming languages is interrupted regularly by excursions into compiler construction and theoretical computer science, which is somewhat and occasionally quite detrimental to its structure.
There are lots of goodies here, but the problem is that it is neither a full-fledged programming language book (no clear division in paradigms; logic programming is in 8.4 under "Sequencing with nonarithmetic expressions") nor a compiler construction book (little LL parsing, no LR parsing, no code generation, etc.).

* Evgeny Dantsin, Thomas Eiter, Georg Gottlob, Andrei Voronkov, "Complexity and expressive power of logic languages", ACM Computing Surveys, 33, #3, Sept. 2001, pp. 374-425.
Complexity theory account, mainly of "datalog", a logic-programming description of a database.

* Ulisses Ferreira, "uu for programming languages", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 35, #8, Aug. 2000, pp. 20-30.
A comprehensive account of the consequences of introducing the value omega , "undefined value", written here uu. These include an if/ifnot/otherwise clause, handling the trivalent logic, different paradigms for exception handling and object-oriented programming, and an integration of classes and frames (from prototypes).

* H. Darwen, C.J. Date, "Foundation for Object/Relational Databases -- The Third Manifesto", Addison-Wesley, Reading, Mass., 1998, pp. ???.
New theory of type inheritance?

* Peter H. Salus, "Handbook of Programming Languages Volume 1", Macmillan Technical Publishing, New York, 1998, pp. 944.

* Timothy A. Budd, "Functional programming and the fragile base class problem", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 33, #12, Dec. 1998, pp. 66-71.
[[ multi-paradigm programming ]]

* F.H.D. van Batenburg, Ellen de Ridder, Joseph de Kerf, "APL Extended compared with other languages according to Halstead's theory", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 33, #6, June 1998, pp. 54-60.

* K. Rangarajan, P.Eswar, "Understanding class evolution through atomic changes", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 33, #6, June 1998, pp. 48-53.

* Yariv Avidor, Shimon Cohen, Amiram Yehudai, "Design of an actor language for implicit parallel programming", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 33, #6, June 1998, pp. 39-47.

* Carlo Ghezzi, Mehdi Jazayeri, "Programming Language Concepts", 3rd Edn., John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1998, pp. 427.
Although much has changed since the second edition, the look-and-feel has stayed the same.
Text in a vigorous, sometimes harsh style, supplying much detail and very close to the real world of programming languages. It requires considerable sophistication from the student, but the rewards are proportionately high. The material, both explanatory and examples, is chosen from a broad range of languages.
After 100 pages of introduction to languages, syntax and semantics, there are three chapters on structuring: of the data, the computation and the program, followed by three chapters on object-oriented, functional and logic languages. Parallel and distributed programming is covered under "Structuring the computation" and programming in the large under "Structuring the program". No word on lazy evaluation, though.
Java has made its way into the book, but not overwhelmingly so; it is just one of the languages, and given about 10 pages.
The lack of white margins around the pages bothers me, I'm sorry to say.

* William F. Clocksin, "Cause and Effect -- Prolog Programming for the Working Programmer", Springer, New York, 1997, pp. 143.

* Nicolas Pippenger, "Pure versus impure Lisp", ACM TOPLAS, 19, #2, March 1997, pp. 223-238.
Proves that some (on-line) applications that are O(n) in impure Lisp require O(n   log   n) in pure Lisp. (See also: Ponder et al., Are applicative languages inefficient?, ACM SIGPLAN Notices, Vol. 23, No. 6, p. 135-139, June 1988).

* Raphael A. Finkel, "Advanced Programming Language Design", Addison-Wesley, Menlo Park, Ca., 1996, pp. 480.
The title says "advanced" and indeed the book picks up where most (all?) other books on principles of programming languages stop. For example, Chapter 2, Control Structures, contains the subjects Exceptions, Coroutines, Continuations, and Power Loops, and in Chapter 8, Logic Programming pays much attention to the language Gödel. Chapter 9, on advanced built-in data types, covers among others associative arrays, substrings as first-class values and Icon data handling. Another intriguing subject is types as first-class values, in Chapter 3. Data-flow languages get a chapter of their own (6).
This is the only book I know that is a substantial addition to the usual books. Excellent material for an advanced course on principles of programming languages.

* M. Ben-Ari, "Understanding Programming Languages", John Wiley, Chichester, 1996, pp. 360.
Introductory course in principles of programming languages in a direct style. The author often speaks from considerable personal experience. Regularly, but not systematically, language features are explained through their implementation.
The book is 65 percent imperative principles using C and Ada, 15 percent object orientation using C++ and Eiffel, 10 percent functional languages using ML, and 10 percent logic languages. Although ML is a strict language lazy evaluation is explained. Concurrency is correctly treated as an add-on to the other paradigms. Although the book is paradigm-oriented, the word paradigm is not mentioned. Nothing on uninitialized variables. Minimal bibliography.

* Marco Pil, "First class I/O", in Implementation of Functional Languages, Lecture Notes in Computer Science #1268, ed. by Werner Kluge, Berlin, Springer-Verlag, 1996, pp. 233-246.

* Daniel J. Salomon, "Using partial evaluation in support of portability, reusability, and maintainability", in Compiler Construction: 6th International Conference, CC'96, Lecture Notes in Computer Science #1060, ed. by Tibor Gyimóthy, New York, Springer-Verlag, 1996, pp. 208-222.
Describes Safer_C, in which the features of the preprocessor are replaced by a simple level of partial evaluation. A simple example is conditional code inclusion by using an if statement with a condition that can be determined at compile time. More advanced examples include a compile-time for-loop and compile-time procedures that create declarations. All this is reminiscent of PL/I.

* Roberto Barbuti, Paolo Mancarella, "A multiple-valued logical semantics for Prolog", ed. by Hanne Riis Nielson, in Programming Languages and Systems -- ESOP '96, Lecture Notes in Computer Science #1058, Springer Verlag, Berlin, 1996, pp. 62-76.
A consistent and complete semantical model of (pure, negation-free) Prolog is obtained by describing the logical result of every rule by one of four logical values: no solutions and terminate ("false"), at least one solution and terminate ("true"), no solutions and loop ("undefined"), at least one solution and loop (not given a name in the paper).

* Hanne Riis Nielson, "Programming Languages and Systems -- ESOP '96", Lecture Notes in Computer Science #1058, Springer Verlag, Berlin, 1996, pp. 406.

* Thomas J. Bergin, Richard G. Gibson, "History of Programming Languages", Addison-Wesley, Reading, Mass., 1996, pp. 864.
Published as an ACM Press book, it is a report on and the proceedings of the HOPL II conference of 1993. Much material for history buffs. Printing quality is meagre (for financial reasons, no doubt), which does nothing for the many photographs in the book.

* Robert W. Sebesta, "Concepts of Programming Languages", 3rd Edn., Addison-Wesley, Reading, Mass., 1996, pp. 634.
Third edition, updated. As with the previous editions the first impression is: words, words, words.
Slow-paced, reasonably wide, conventional coverage of the principles of programming languages in considerable depth, in a usually very controlled style. The book is very much bottom-up, with almost 200 pages of basics (history, formalisms, binding, type checking, scopes, etc.), 300 pages of imperative concepts, and then 100 pages for functional, logic and object-oriented languages. There are ample sets of exercises. Axiomatic semantics is introduced already in chapter 3 (but not used afterwards, as far as I can see).
Some remarks. No word about macro processors. Call-by-value, etc. are called pass-by-value, etc., which is probably more appropriate but non-standard. Logic programming is explained with almost no reference to unification!?!

* Ravi Sethi, "Programming Languages, Concepts & Constructs", 2nd Edn., Addison-Wesley, Reading, Mass., 1996, pp. 640.
Structured according to paradigms, unlike the first edition. Broad coverage of a large number of issues, often in considerable depth without getting breathless, written in a direct and personal style.
After 50 pages of introduction, concepts of the imperative, object-oriented, functional, logic, and concurrent paradigms are covered in chapters of 50 to 150 pages each. The book closes with chapters on: semantic methods including attribute grammars; lambda calculus; and a look at some (very common) languages. Many exercises, some quite though-provoking.
There is very little material outside the usual paradigms and the usual languages; this adds to the "cosy" and "protected" atmosphere of the book. However, the Teddy bear on the cover now lives in a VR world.
A considerable rewrite of the 1st edition and even more intent on being accessible: "inadvertently" has been replaced by "in error", the noun "loom" is explained, etc.

* A. Taivalsaari, "On the notion of inheritance", ACM Comp. Surv., 28, #3, Sept. 1996, pp. 438-479.

* K. Hildebrand, J.A. Reepmeyer, "Repeat-statement considered harmful? Ergebnisse einer empirischen Untersuchung", Informatik-Spektrum: Organ der Gesellschaft für Informatik, 19, #2, 1996, pp. 68-70.

* Stephan Murer, Stephen Omohundro, David Stoutamire, Clemens Szypersky, "Iteration abstraction in Sather", ACM TOPLAS, 18, #1, pp. 1-15. Jan. 1996,

* Ruknet Cezzar, "A Guide to Programming Languages -- Overview and Comparison", Artech House, Boston, 1995, pp. 496.
Thorough examination of a limited number of languages, with the explicit aim of assisting the reader in choosing a language for a given purpose. To this end, the author defines a set of six programming exercises, ranging from arithmetic through commercial to symbolic. Next, the author sets up a checklist for desired features; examples are simplicity, uniformness (called unanimity here) expressiveness, pedagogy, external support, etc.
The first 80 pages contain a good, down-to-earth treatment of concepts in programming languages, including such varied items as grammars, parsing, compiling, binding, parameter passing, recursion, lists and visual programming. Next, the following languages are examined, their performance on the programming test set are analysed and they are graded according to the wish list: Ada, Basic, C, COBOL, FORTRAN, Pascal, LISP, Prolog, Smalltalk, Eiffel, C++, Visual Basic, Visual C++.
It is clear that the author is a seasoned programmer who will gladly share his opinions on this, that and th'other. I missed Icon, but Logo is mentioned. No Algol 68, though. Worth reading.

* Henry G. Baker, "CONS should not CONS its arguments, part II: Cheney on the M.T.A.", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 30, #9, pp. 17-20. Sept. 1995,

* Giuseppe Castagna, "Covariance and contravariance: Conflict without a cause", ACM TOPLAS, 17, #3, May 1995, pp. 431-447.

* Max Copperman, Jeff Thomas, "Poor man's watchpoints", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 30, #1, pp. 37-44. Jan. 1995,
Break points by code patching by dis- and re-assembly. Branch delay slots are bad news, especially if they are not no-ops. Another problem is the address of relative jumps getting out of range as the result of code expansion.
Some trickery to obtain a free register is explained.

* Erkan T\(.in, Varol Akman, Murat Ersan, "Towards situation-oriented programming languages", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 30, #1, pp. 27-36. Jan. 1995,
In its simplest form situation theory extends the Prolog facts and rules with "situations", sets of rules and facts, which form locales in which these rules and facts are valid. The situations are linked in a DAG, so most situations have super- and sub-situations. Situations can occur as items in rules and facts. So a situation can contain a rule which says: "If a sub-situation contains a such-and-sch rule, it should also contain a so-and-so rule." Also, rules and facts that are know to be valid within a given situation can be known to be beliefs or hypotheses in a super-situation.
Three Prolog-like languages supporting situational logic are compared. Not surprisingly, the authors' BABY-SIT is superior.

* Dianxiang Xu, Guoliang Zheng, "Logical objects with constraints", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 30, #1, pp. 5-10. Jan. 1995,
Mixed paradigm.

* Ryan Stansifer, "The Study of Programming Languages", Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ., 1995, pp. 334.
Difficult to assess, since I cannot find an underlying principle. Contains interesting pieces on history, grammars, data types, PROLOG, lambda calculus, denotational semantics and Hoare axiomatics. Quite theoretical.

* James F. Smith, Thomas S. Frank, "Introduction to Programming Concepts and Methods with Ada", McGraw-Hill, New York, 1994, pp. 545.
The book is intended to meet the American CS1 course requirements, and should be readable even by people who have no previous experience with computers. I doubt it. E.g., what a variable is, is explained in two complicated sentences on pg 13; since variables are a notoriously difficult concept for beginners this seems inadequate.
Although the authors repeatedly claim that they teach programming, it is hard to avoid the impression that they actually teach Ada (or a subset of it). The first Ada program they shows, on page 9, is 27 lines long and includes a package instantiation and an obscure call to Text_IO.Put; explaining these 27 lines gets the authors in deep trouble, for which they apologize twice.
It is hard to tell whether all this is the result of the CS1 course requirements or if it shows that Ada as a first language is a bad idea. Also, the chapter structure is puzzling: 1. Introduction to Computers and Programming; 2. Developing a Program; 3. A First Look at Packages; 4. Floating Point Types; etc.

* James F. Smith, Thomas S. Frank, "Instructor's Manual to Accompany Introduction to Programming Concepts and Methods with Ada", McGraw-Hill, New York, 1994, pp. 156.
Rationale behind the book + guidelines for the teacher. For example, Floating Point Types are treated early to provide more interesting numerical examples than integers would allow.

* Joseph Bergin, "Data Abstraction -- The Object-Oriented Approach Using C++", McGraw-Hill, New York, 1994, pp. 666.
Solid introduction to object-oriented programming. The first 190 pages out of 660 are about data abstraction and object-oriented programming, and definitely are worth reading. The rest is examples and case studies, and goes on and on. The use of object-oriented programming is motivated well and design rules are made explicit. The `is-a' and `has-a' relations are mentioned but do not occupy a central position.

* Henri E. Bal, Dick Grune, "Programming Language Essentials", International Computer Science, Addison-Wesley, Wokingham, England, 1994, pp. 271.
Paradigm-oriented, concise book of wide coverage, systematic structure and reasonable depth. For each paradigm, principles and concepts are explained and one or two representative languages are discussed briefly.
Paradigms covered include imperative, object-oriented, functional, logic, parallel and distributed, constraint, access-oriented, single-datastructure, data-flow, database, and real-time programming, and little languages, each to a varying extent.

* J. Jaffar, M. Maher, "Constraint programming", J. Logic Program., 1994, pp. 503-581.

* David L. Shang, "Covariant specicifcation", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 29, #12, pp. 58-65. Dec. 1994,

* Thomas Kühne, "Higher order objects in pure object-oriented languages", ACM SIGPLAN, 29, #7, pp. 15-20. July 1994,

* Peter Grogono, Marh Gargul, "A graph model for object oriented programming", ACM SIGPLAN, 29, #7, pp. 21-28. July 1994,

* Frank J. van der Linden, "Formal methods: from object-based to object-oriented", ACM SIGPLAN, 29, #7, pp. 29-38. July 1994,

* Karl J. Lieberherr, Ignacio Silva-Lepe, Cun Xiao, "Adaptive object-oriented programming using graph-based customization", Commun. ACM, 37, #5, pp. 94-101. May 1994,
It is recognized that many real-world applications consist of traversals of graphs of objects, during which certain actions must be performed on certain objects. It is also recognized that such traversals are often formulated long after the graph of objects has been defined, which makes it undesirable to incorporate the traversal in the objects; conversely the object graph may quite well be modified long after the traversal has been defined, which makes it undesirable to incorporate too much knowledge of the object graph into the traversal.
The proposed system (a variant of Demeter) allows the traversal to be programmed more abstractly. Basically, a program consists of a traversal specification telling for classes with which names to look, and to call which methods if it has found one. The position in the search is expressed as a path from the root of the search to the object found, naming all intermediate objects. The search can be restricted by specifying restrictions on these paths, using "bypassing" path expressions. Note that the program can be written and compiled before any actual classes are defined.
Once the classes have been defined, the program can be sent off searching among the objects, to perform its work. If a method specified in the program is never found, it will just never be called.
Given both the full program and the full set of class definitions, a C++ program can be generated that will perform the traversal and the actions and that will be type-correct in the C++ sense. Of course, when either the program changes or the class definitions change, a new C++ program must be generated.

* Brian L. Meek, "Programming languages: towards greater commonality", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 29, #4, pp. 49-57. April 1994,
To design a language-independent (LI) framework, one distinguishes: I. base standards, which define basic building blocks; functional standards, which define functionality; general standards, which define mechanisms (data typing, procedure calls, etc.). II. abstract, linguistic, operational and representational levels. E.g., reals are an approximation on the computational level of abstract real numbers.
Several commonality areas are covered: LI Data Types, LI Arithmetics, LI Procedure Calling.

* E. Tick, M. Korsloot, "Determinacy testing for nondeterminate logic programming languages", ACM TOPLAS, 16, #1, pp. 3-34. Jan. 1994,
In the Andorra / Pandora model of nondeterministic logic programming, the program consists of two kinds of guarded Horn clauses: don't care and don't know. The don't care goals are treated as in committed choice: if one head succeeds, it is committed. The don't know clauses make sure all their goals are tested, in the following way. If only one clause can succeed, it is committed, but if more than one can succeed, the goal suspends. Then progress elsewhere either causes all clauses but one to fail (in which case it is committed) or results in deadlock. If the system deadlocks, one suspended goal is taken, a checkpoint is made, one of its clauses is forced to commit, and computation continues. If it was the wrong choice, backtrack will come back here and force another clause to commit.
The paper describes algorithms for analysing such programs.

* Peter Henderson, "Object-Oriented Specification and Design with C++", McGraw-Hill, London, 1993, pp. 263.
Object-oriented programming, design methodology, C++ and a diagram system are introduced and explained side by side, in a very clear and meaningful fashion. A fifth thread that is running through the book is the object-oriented prototyping language Enact, designed and provided by the author. First the principles of object-oriented programming are explained using Enact and then code for the same purpose is constructed in C++; this makes C++ look very hairy! Next, increasingly complicated case studies are provided in a very clear and well-argued way. Some general observations and an annotated (!) bibliography conclude the book.
The author is a master at simple explanations; e.g. `abstract classes' are explained simply as classes for which no constructor has been provided since none will be needed. I've seen much worse definitions. Excellent text book.

* Kenneth C. Louden, "Programming Languages: Principles and Practice", PWS-Kent, Boston, 1993, pp. 641.
Another good book on programming language principles. Solid, traditional, with a conventional structure: a large number of components grouped in a number of chapters, followed by chapters on the three non-imperative paradigms, and finally a chapter on parallel programming. Chapters on history, language design and formal semantics are also included. The conventional structure is no surprise since the book aims at fulfilling two American Course Requirements. Much material.

* Leslie B. Wilson, Robert G. Clark, "Comparative Programming Languages -- 2nd Ed.", Addison-Wesley, Reading, Mass., 1993, pp. 374.
Second edition of Wilson and Clark [1988]. Two chapters have been added: Object-oriented Programming Languages and Syntax and Semantics, both to the point. Syntax is covered in some detail, denotational and axiomatic semantics are exhibited in one and a half page each.

* Alice E. Fischer, Frances S. Grodzinsky, "The Anatomy of Programming Languages", Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, 1993, pp. 557.
Although the book is easy to read in all places, I fail to understand its structure; nor is that structure explained in the book. It consists of three parts: "About language", which covers subjects like communication, abstraction and natural and formal languages; "Describing Computation", which is mainly about elementary constructs in programming languages, and "Application Modeling", which seems to be about functional and logical programming, semantics, modules, generics and inheritance (?!?). Each single section in itself is worked out very well, though, and some of the innuendos betray a lot of field experience.
The material is covered in rich detail; well-annotated examples abound. A large number of languages is used in examples, and is explained adequately. There are at least 20 or 30 exercises for any subject. The authors believe in footnotes.
Some minor and not so minor gripes: -- Comes dangerously close to equating natural language with English. -- Nothing on concurrency. -- The bibliography is adequate but not well accessible: there are no bibliography sections and there seems to be no reasonable way to find the literature references for a given language. -- Divide by zero is a hardware error, like a disk-read error ?!? (p. 303)
All in all, interesting material for the already moderately sophisticated student.

* Jim Waldo, "The Evolution of C++", MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1993, pp. 297.
Collection of papers, mostly from USENIX conferences. Broad subjects are: The early years; Multiple inheritance; Exception handling; Runtime typing; Distributed computing.

* Barbara Liskov, Jeannette L. Wing, "A new definition of the subtype relation", in ECOOP'93 -- Object-Oriented Programming, Lecture Notes in Computer Science #707, pp. 119-141. 1993,
We want a subtype T to have at least the behavior of its supertype S. We usually achieve this by requiring all values of type T also to be values of S, and for T to have all the methods S has, with the same signature. But semantically that is not enough. Suppose an object V of type T is modified by an (overridden) method M sub T . Then these modifications should be within the range of possible modifications that the original M sub S could have made to V when V were viewed as an object of type S. Otherwise, a part of the program that handles V as a type S object could find out that V changes in a way incompatible with what M sub S could have done. This means that the additional modifications by M sub T should be invisible when viewing V as of type S, and that the visible modifications should be identical to those made by M sub S .
This requires restrictions on the pre- and post-conditions of M sub S and M sub T . The authors propose explicit mappings between the values of and methods of S and T, and then formulate the above restrictions in terms of mappings. Examples are given, all with a minimum of formalism. Very readable.

* H.E. Bal, "Evaluation of KL1 and the inference machine", Future Generations Computer Systems Journal, 9, #??, ??? 1993, pp. 119-125.

* Robert Godin, Hafedh Mili, "Building and maintaining analysis-level class hierarchies using Galois lattices", in OOPSLA '93 Conference, ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 28, #10, Oct. 1993, pp. 394-410.

* Robert M. Amadio, Luca Cardelli, "Subtyping recursive types", ACM TOPLAS, 15, #4, Sept. 1993, pp. 575-631.

* Rainer H. Liffers, "Inheritance versus containment", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 28, #9, Sept. 1993, pp. 36-38.
The author suggests that one difference between is-a and has-a is that if X is a Y the Y cannot be replaced by something else without X losing its identity, whereas if X has a Y, it can. (Stroustrup recommends asking "Can it have two?")

* Doug Bell, Mike Parr, "Spreadsheets -- a research agenda", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 28, #9, Sept. 1993, pp. 26-28.
Exploratory thoughts about spreadsheets as a paradigm.

* Dick Grune, "Two-level grammars are more expressive than Type 0 grammars; or are they?", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 28, #8, pp. 43-45. Aug. 1993,
Shows that two-level grammars can handle infinite sets of terminal symbols, which makes them more expressive than Type 0 grammars. There was heavy opposition from philosophers.

* Andrew Malton, "The denotational semantics of a functional tree-manipulation language", Computer Languages, 19, #3, pp. 157-168. July 1993,
Denotational semantics of TXL.

* Maurice V. Wilkes, "From Fortran and Algol to object-oriented languages", Commun. ACM, 36, #7, pp. 21-23. July 1993,

* Robert Tolksdorf, "Laura: A Coordination Language for Open Distributed Systems", in Thirteenth International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems, Pittsburgh Hilton, Pittsburgh, PA, Tuesday-Friday, May 25-28, 1993,

* M. Badii, F. Abdollahzadeh, "Dynamic semantic specification by two-level grammars for a block-structured language with subroutine parameters", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 28, #5, pp. 9-18. May 1993,
Seven-page example of same.

* Otto Stolz, "Anonymous routine-texts -- an orthogonal approach to block objects", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 28, #4, April 1993, pp. 45-48.

* John A.N. Lee, Jean E. Sammet, "History of Programming Language Conference HOPL II", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 28, #3, pp. 1-370. March 1993,

* Paul W. Abrahams, "Typographical extensions for programming languages: Breaking out of the ASCII straightjacket", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 28, #2, Feb. 1993, pp. 61-68.
Actually a rather tame plea for the use of different fonts and character sets to improve program readability. Not enough examples to be convincing.

* Jean-Pierre Banâtre, Daniel le Métayer, "Programming by multi-set transformation", Commun. ACM, 36, #1, pp. 98-111. Jan. 1993,
All the world is a multi-set.

* Simon C. Dik, "Functional grammar in Prolog: an integrated implementation for English, French, and Dutch", Natural language processing, #2, Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin, 1992, pp. ???.

* Carl A. Gunter, "Semantics of Programming Languages -- Structures and Techniques", The MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1992, pp. 419.
Probably as simple as the subject can be made, but still heavy reading.

* Daniel P. Friedman, Mitchell Wand, Christopher T. Haynes, "Essentials of Programming Languages", MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1992, pp. 536.
The title is misleading. It should have been: `Essentials of Symbolic Computation and its Interpretation in Scheme'. The book can be seen as a technical companion to Abelson and Sussman's book `Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs'; like the latter, it is based on Scheme. The semantics of constructs in imperative and object-oriented languages is described operationally by giving an interpreter in Scheme. The treatment of the functional paradigm is implicit in the use of Scheme; logic programming is not mentioned, and neither is Prolog. Specific languages are only mentioned very much in passing. E.g. Modula-2 is referred to only once, on page 190, except that the actual reference is on page 191. It is not a general book on programming languages. Wiley has a book of the same title; is that the same book?

* W. Havens, et al., "Echidna: A constraint logic programming shell", Simon Fraser Univ., Centre for Sys. Sci., CSS-IS TR 92-15, 1992,
[Not in libraries in the Netherlands (930423).]

* Gio Wiederhold, Peter Wegner, Stefano Ceri, "Toward megaprogramming", Commun. ACM, 35, #11, pp. 89-99. Nov. 1992,
The megaprogramming language MPL describes an interface for communication with and between very large modules/services. Each service responds to a small number of universal primitives (unfortunately with unintuitive names): INSPECT causes the service to return a description of itself; IMPORT SUPPLY yields a description of the data structures in which it can be addressed (in a self-describing form); IMPORT EXTRACT yields a description of the data structures it will use in answering; SUPPLY supplies data (and requests) to the service; INVOKE confirms the request; EXTRACT gets back the result.
The actual request is broken up into the following three parts. First the user does a SUPPLY to send a data structure (in SUPPLY format) to the service for inspection. This data structure need not be complete in that details may be left open; the service may or may not supply defaults. The user can then ask questions about the request, e.g. how much it will cost or how much time it will take. To set the service working on the request, the INVOKE statement is used. INVOKE returns immediately, allowing the user to continue. At any time (even before the INVOKE) the user can do EXTRACT, which will return some, possibly incomplete, answer. The answer is complete only when it says so explicitly in the answer.
The paper describes a small application (managing the transportation of goods between two U.S. Navy installations) and a small shell-like extension with pipes for communication between services on behalf of the user.

* Wilfred J. Hansen, "Subsequence references -- First class values for substrings", ACM TOPLAS, 14, #4, 1992, pp. 471-489.
The difference between a sequence and a subsequence is that a subsequence S has a preceding and a following subsequence, which may be examined from S. Subsequences as first class values means that all strings, substrings and characters are unified into one data type: subsequence reference. The subsequence reference is a record with a pointer to the actual string, an index to the first character of the subsequence and an index to the first character no longer in the subsequence.
Several operators on subsequence references are proposed and their usefulness is demonstrated. Feels like an alternative Icon.

* CHristophe Dony, Jacques Malenfant, Pierre Cointe, "Prototype-based languages: From a new taxonomy to constructive proposals and their validation", in OOPSLA'92, ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 27, #10, pp. 201-217. Oct. 1992,
Based on analysis of a number of proposed prototype-based languages, 6 basic properties of such languages are determined: 1. Representation: classically as variables and methods, or as slots (attributes). 2. Dynamic modification of structure: once the object is created, can its structure be modified? 3. Creation ex nihilo: can objects be created out of nothing, or do they always have to be clones from pre-existing objects? 4. Do we have to create empty objects or can we create objects with initial structure? 5. Is delegation implicit or explicit? 6. A "split object"is an object part of whose properties reside in another object. Can the language handle split objects?
A taxonomy is proposed,based on asking the above questions in the above order, and feasibility, usefulness, and other properties of the language groups at the nodes of the taxonomy (given explicitly on page 204) are examined. It turns out that creation ex nihilo is virtually essential, and so is creating objects with initial structure. (Actually there is a 0th property: is the copying involved in cloning deep or shallow? But deep cloning is totally impractical, so the answer is always "shallow").
A platform, implemented in Smalltalk, is presented for experimenting with the various possibilities. Connections with LaLonde's exemplars and with Ungar's Self are explored.

* William R. Cook, "Interfaces and specifications for the Smalltalk-80 collection classes", ACM SIGPLAN Notices (OOPSLA '92), 27, #10, pp. 1-15. Oct. 1992,
The Smalltalk-80 collection class library is analysed on the basis of simplified interface descriptions, here called `protocols'. A lattice of these protocols is set up, using the include relation, where necessary creating new abstract protocols. This very clear analysis uncovers a number of inconsistencies and gaps. After correcting these, the author proposes an improved form of the collection class library, which looks indeed convincingly better.

* Allen L. Ambler, Margaret M. Bunnett, Betsy Zimmerman, "Operational versus definitional: a perspective on programming paradigms", IEEE Computer, 25, #9, pp. 28-43. 1992,
For the purpose of explanation, existing paradigms are grouped into two classes, operational and definitional, depending on whether or not flow-of-control is specified, although there is actually a continuum rather than two distinct classes. Operational paradigms include imperative, object-oriented, functional-operational, asynchronous and synchronous, while the definitional paradigms include functional-definitional, transformational, logic, form-based, dataflow and constraint programming. The two demonstrational paradigms, inference and demonstration of constraints, are tentatively classified as operational. (Functional-operational differs from functional-definitional in that the specified order of alternatives is significant in functional-operational and is not in functional-definitional.)
The principles of the above paradigms are described clearly, and exactly one example of each is given (quicksort -- as far as applicable). Has few but adequate literature references.

* Hanspeter Mössenböck, "Treating statement sequences as block objects", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 27, #8, pp. 83-86. Aug. 1992,

* H.G. Baker, "Lively Linear Lisp -- `Look Ma, no garbage'", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 27, #8, pp. 89-98. Aug. 1992,

* Raymond T. Boute, "The Euclidean definition of the functions div and mod", ACM TOPLAS, 14, #2, pp. 127-144. April 1992,
This long overdue paper clears up the still festering problems with div and mod, by first firmly establishing three axioms for them and then examining the two options for div: truncate to zero (T for truncate) and truncate to -infinity (F for Floor). T is bad since it is not periodical. This leaves two possibilities for mod: sign of dividend (also called F) and always non-negative (E for Euclidean). Using a number of practical examples, the author shows that E is to be preferred. Mathematical foundations are given.

* D.J. Salomon, "Four dimensions of program-language independence", ACM NOTICES Notices, 27, #3, March 1992, pp. 35-53.

* Henry G. Baker, "A `Linear Logic' Quicksort", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 29, #2, pp. 13-18. Feb. 1992,
Linear Logic is a super-pure style of functional programming in which each value that is created has to be consumed by some operation in a statically verifiable fashion. As a stopgap, the built-in operator kill-value is provided, but its use is (of course) discouraged; a built-in function duplicate-value is provided and carries no odium. The resulting programs are very clean in their data usage and can be run without the use of a garbage collector.

* D. Ince, "Arrays and pointers considered harmful", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 27, #1, Jan. 1992, pp. 99-104.

* Linda Weiser Friedman, "Comparative Programming Languages: Generalizing the Programming Function", Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1991, pp. 578.
This densely written book eschews no detail; pity the student who has to study from it. Consists of three parts: Elements of programming languages, which contains chapters on language processors, data structures, program structures and control structures, in that order; Programming languages for information processing, which covers COBOL (46 pages), Pascal (35), Modula-2 (46), C (43), Prolog (38) and Smalltalk (36 pages); and Other programming tools (program design, 4th generation tools and expert advisors). The occasional sarcastic wit is somewhat redeeming, though.

* Jean-Luc Gaudiot, Lubomir Bic, "Advanced topics in data-flow computing", Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, N.J., 1991, pp. 626.
Twenty-two papers on same, and hundreds of literature references.

* Colin Atkinson, "Object-oriented Reuse, Concurrence and Distribution: An Ada-Based Approach", ACM Press, Addison-Wesley, Wokingham, England, 1991, pp. 270.
Describes DRAGOON, an object-oriented derivative of Ada. The main point is that many low-level objects, e.g. the integers, are not objects at all, but are values. DRAGOON supports the "mixed" paradigm of combined object-oriented and value-oriented programming. The author claims, and illustrates with examples, that this simplifies writing abstract classes, thus fostering reuse. Reuse is explained as "conceptual editing of existing code to fit a new application" (p. 71) by using the inheritance mechanism. This leads to "programming by difference": program only the differences between what you need and what you can pick off the shelf.

* Doris Appleby, "Programming Languages -- Paradigm and Practice", McGraw-Hill, New York, 1991, pp. 458.
The author has a PhD in "College Teaching of Math" and it shows. The author takes great pains never to be difficult. The book is constructed along Wegner's division of programming languages: 1. imperative: 1a. block-structured, 1b. object-based, 1c. distributed; 2. declarative: 2a. functional, 2b. relational (logic), 2c. database. The book is rich on examples and has a nice chapter on Bentley's "little languages". There are brief theoretical excursions on subjects like: formal languages, logic and proofs, lambda calculus, relational databases and set theory.
Pedagogical background notwithstanding, the explanation of call-by-name is naive and Jensen's device is shown without a single word of explanation. Type 0 grammars and Type 0 languages are confused. No word about iterators and generators; although dozens of languages are used in examples, no word about Icon.

* Gordon Blair, John Gallagher, David Hutchison, Doug Shephard, "Object-oriented Languages, Systems and Applications", Pitman, London, 1991, pp. 378.
Convincing and thorough introduction to object-oriented programming, covering basics, programming languages, databases, design methodology (HOOD, Hierachical Object Oriented Design), interfaces, hardware and kernel application. Worth reading.

* Grady Booch, "Object Oriented Design with Applications", Benjamin/Cummings, Redwood City, Ca., 1991, pp. 580.
Philosophically-oriented, entertaining treatment of object-oriented programming. Consists of three parts: Concepts, The Method and Application, getting more detailed along the way. The bibliography is extensive, but the system requires getting used to. Note: remarkably inexpensive. Note 2: there are no cartoons beyond page 150!

* David A. Watt, "Programming Language Syntax and Semantics", Prentice Hall, New York, 1991, pp. 389.
Systematic, detailed and well-argued treatment of theory and applications of syntax, contextual constraints, denotational semantics, algebraic semantics and action semantics, all exemplified by the tutorial Pascal-derived language DELTA (pronounce "triangle", after Pascal's triangle).

* M. Meier, "Recursion vs. iteration in Prolog", in 8th International Conference on Logic Programming, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., pp. 156-169. 1991,

* David Cordes, Marcus Brown, "The literate-programming paradigm", IEEE Computer, 24, #6, pp. 52-61. 1991,
The authors observe that the literate programming paradigm (as advocated by Knuth) is not widely used and they point out deficiencies in the technique as defined by Knuth. These are: lack of interface into the program development cycle; too much overhead; awkwardness of the use of the combined languages for programming, documenting and formatting; and the restricted applicability to the construction and maintenance phase only. The authors propose a number of modifications: multi-level tables of contents; a graphical use interface; two extra functions that show nesting and static calling tree; and an enhanced index. No indication is given why any of these should be an improvement.

* John Placer, "Multiparadigm research: a new direction in language design", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 26, #3, pp. 9-17. March 1991,
There are three reasons for doing multi-paradigm research:
1. Single-paradigm languages are OK for relatively small, uniform problems, but for large project involving many sizeable subproblems of diverse nature, a single paradigm will hardly ever allow all the subproblems to be solved in a natural way. Using a different language for each subprogram would create a big interface problem.
2. Students often get stuck on the first paradigm they are taught. To keep their minds open, they should be taught many paradigms at once.
3. Some paradigms have a very restricted problem domain; an example is the relational paradigm. By incorporating it into a multi-paradigm language, its range can be extended.
There are three ways to do multi-paradigm research:
1. Take one major paradigm and add some successful features of other paradigms. Especially object-oriented is a successful add-on.
2. Take two paradigms and combine them on equal footing.
3. Integrate several major paradigms. Examples are Nial and G (by the author).
(The paper may derive from a chapter from the author's 1988 Ph.D. thesis.)

* M. Stadel, "Object oriented techniques to replace software components on the fly in a running program", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 26, #1, pp. 99-108. Jan. 1991,

* Wilf LaLonde, John Pugh, "Subclassing \!/= Subtyping \(!= Is-a", J. Object-Oriented Programming, 3, #5, pp. 57-63. Jan. 1991,
The paper is based in SmallTalk, a typeless language; this may have influenced the ideas. Subclassing allows code and representation sharing; it supports reusability for the implementer. Subtyping allows substitutability; it supports reusability for the user. Is-a is conceptual; it supports understanding. Example: A set of integers is-a set, but it is not a subtype of set: a set of integers cannot be used in all places in which a set is acceptable because a set operation might try to ad a non-integer (this is SmallTalk, and ignores covariant/contravariant). Neither is a set of integers a subclass of set: it is implemented as a bit vector or a linked list, whereas the set is implemented as a hash table, so they share no code or representation. Another example: A bag is a subclass of set (in SmallTalk) since it is implemented as a set of items with counters; but it is not a subtype, since it cannot be used everywhere where a set can be used, because then items without counters could be inserted.
The authors propose that the code/representation sharing and the substitutability be separated explicitly. They see no place for the is-a relation, except during initial design. I have no idea of how this translates for a language with strong typing.

* David A. Watt, "Programming Language Concepts and Paradigms", Prentice Hall, New York, 1990, pp. 332.
Thorough, though somewhat too bottom-up (3.5 Commands under 3 Storage??) treatment, supported by in-depth analyses (case studies) of Pascal, Ada, Smalltalk and Prolog.

* M. Swaine, "Programming paradigms, column", Dr. Dobb's, , pp. . 1990-...,

* Samuel N. Kamin, "Programming Languages -- An Interpreter-Based Approach", Addison-Wesley, Reading, Mass., 1990, pp. 640.
With a minimum of introduction, the author defines a syntactically very simple nameless language, which is in fact fully parenthesized prefix. LISP-like function application is defined for it: (f e1 ... en) and eleven built-in functions are defined; examples are (if e1 e2 e3) and (begin e1 ... en). There are global and formal variables but no local variables. An interpreter for this language is given in Pascal.
Next, the following languages are "treated": LISP and APL, as languages with dynamic data structures; Scheme and SASL, as functional languages; CLU and Smalltalk, as object-oriented languages; and Prolog, as a logic language. "Treated" means that the principles of the language are explained and expressed in the nameless notation, using new functions specific to the language; an example is the function (infer e2 from e1), which denotes e2 :- e1. The new functions are then integrated in the interpreter mentioned above, and demo runs are shown. Finally the real syntax of the language is discussed.
Operational semantics has become a teaching paradigm in this book; it is a solid piece of work, if this is what you want.

* Bruce J. MacLennan, "Functional Programming -- Theory and Practice", Addison-Wesley, Reading, Mass., 1990, pp. 596.
Starting from the overly simple description of FP as "assignmentless programming", the author steadily increases the depths of his arguments, adding what seems to be just the right amount of math. Gives full proof of the Church-Rosser theorem.

* Setrag Khoshafian, Razmik Abnous, "Object Orientation -- Concepts, Languages, Databases, User Interfaces", John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, 1990, pp. 433.
Verbose text.

* David Gelernter, Suresh Jagannathan, "Programming Linguistics", MIT Press, Cambridge, Ma., 1990, pp. 411.
The authors define an "Idealized Software Machine", the ISM, and then describe many, many aspects of programming languages in this model. Elements in the ISM are: space maps, which mainly model value mappings, i.e. expression evaluation; time maps, which mainly model execution progress; templates, which mainly model substitution; and some building blocks like values, nil, etc. There is no difference between program and data: a fully evaluated data structure is a program segment that evaluates to itself. Formal semantics of the ISM are given using Petri nets.
Very readable; the novel way to describe what is essentially operational semantics leads to a fresh view of things. Not the average programming language text.

* Herbert L. Dershem, Michael J. Jipping, "Programming Languages: Structures and Models", Wadsworth Publ. Comp., Belmont, Ca., 1990, pp. 413.
Average and sometimes awkward treatment of the subject. Sometimes non-standard: e.g., trees grow upwards. Regularly shows annoying half-errors: e.g., "A language is a systematic set of rules(!) for communicating ideas" (p. 1), "... PL/I, which included a large number of independent(!) constructs" (p. 9), alternation is explained as a feature of EBNF, not present in BNF (p. 17-19).

* William R. Cook, "Object-oriented programming versus abstract data types", ed. by de Bakker J.W., de Roever W.P. and Rozenberg G., in Foundations of Object Oriented Languages, Lecture Notes in Computer Science #489, pp. 151-178. 1990,

* William R. Cook, Walter L. Hill, Peter S. Canning, "Inheritance is not subtyping", in Seventeenth ACM Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages, pp. 125-135. 1990,

* Kelvin Nilsen, "High-level goal-directed concurrent processing in Icon", Software -- Practice and Experience, 20, #12, Dec. 1990, pp. 1273-1290.
The concurrent Icon extension Conicon capitalizes on Icon's co-expressions, by allowing them to be created as processes. So rather than writing every write(sequence(1,6)), one can create a concurrent process e := create sequence(1,6) and then use the process in every write(@e). The results of concurrent processes can be merged non-deterministically with the ! operator. In fact, co-expressions are used as streams.

* F. Warren Burton, Hsi-Kai Yang, "Manipulating multilinked data structures in a pure functional language", Software -- Practice and Experience, 20, #11, Nov. 1990, pp. 1167-1185.
Provides an implementation of an ADT array implemented as a balanced tree, uses this ADT to implement 2 more ADTs heap and pointer, which act in the imperative manner (more or less), and then uses these to implement traditional algorithms on multi-linked data structures, for example depth-first search in a graph. Part of the motivation of the research is educational: teaching "data structures" in a curriculum based on functional languages.

* Mikael Eriksson, "A correct example of multiple inheritance", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 25, #7, pp. 7-10. July 1990,
Shoots the example of Wiener and Pinson (Sept 1989) to pieces on the grounds that though an IntegerArray is an Array, it is not an Integer. The Integer only comes in this way because C++ has no generic classes. Code sharing is not inheritance. The author's own example is even less convincing.

* Tom Axford, "An elementary language construct for parallel programming", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 25, #7, pp. 72-80. July 1990,
The author identifies a language construct for the divide-and-conquer paradigm, but does not supply suitable syntax. The components are 1. a test if the data are basic 2. what to do if the data are basic 3. how to split 4. how to combine. Many examples of its use are given. The construct can be useful both in sequential and parallel programming, thus bridging the gap between them.

* S.E. Zenith, "Linda Coordination Language; Subsystem Kernel Architecture (on Transputers)", Yale University, New Haven, CT, RR-794, May 1990,
Proposes a Linda implementation for a transputer grid. It is similar to Bjornson's hypercube system, except that the TS processors are separated from the computing nodes, and thus form a separate subsystem.

* P.L. Treadway, "The use of sets as an application programming technique", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 25, #5, May 1990, pp. 103-116.
Actually a demo interrupt handler programmed using sets in Pascal, C and Ada. The result is lots of disappointingly repetitive code, but it is not clear that any other paradigm would have done better. Inconclusive.

* Willett Kempton, Brian A. Wichmann, "Run-time detection of undefined variables considered essential", Software -- Practice and Experience, 20, #4, April 1990, pp. 391-402.
Many small notes on the subject of undefined variables and one authors' conclusion. 1. Undefined is bad, but undefined in subtypes is worse: an undefined subtype integer correctly used as an array index and unchecked since type-correct, can be out of bound and write in an arbitrary place. 2. Usually an undefined value is transported much earlier than it is used, so test at transport. 3. There are three ways to trap an undefined value: give undefined a special value (not always possible); keep a shadow byte for each data byte (high memory cost); and keep a shadow bit for each data byte (slow). 4. Automatic initialization tends to mask program errors. 5. It should not be an error to transport structures some of whose fields / components are undefined. 6. Authors' conclusion: forbid only the transport of totally undefined objects.

* B. Meek, "The static semantics file", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 25, #4, April 1990, pp. 33-42.
Ruminations on the border between syntactic correctness and contextual correctness. If you replace "static semantics" (indeed a non-concept) with "context conditions" much of the problem goes away.

* R. Sethi, "Programming Languages, Concepts & Constructs", Addison-Wesley, Reading, Mass., 1989, pp. 478.
Each (broad) concept is illustrated using (in principle) two languages: assignments: Modula-2, C; procedures: C, Modula-2; data encapsulation: Modula-2, C++; inheritance: Smalltalk, C++; functional programming: Scheme, ML; logic programming: Prolog; concurrency: Ada. Examples are drawn mainly from ML (Harper & Milner's) and from Modula-2. Introduction to Modula-2. Introduction to C, with a very good explanation of why character I/O requires a character of type int. No systematic treatment of type constructors. Since ML, the main language of the book is already for a large part a functional language, functional programming comes naturally.
Separate chapters on: syntax; semantic definition; lambda calculus. The delicate touch and velvet style of the author matches perfectly the cuteness of the cover.

* R.W. Sebesta, "Concepts of Programming Languages", Benjamin/Cummings, Redwood City, Calif 94065, 1989, pp. 497.
First impression: words, words, words. Very good tables of contents at the beginning of each chapter. Early treatment of formal semantics. Systematic approach to each subject. The terminology is often innovative :-), with "pass by value" for call-by-value, "dangling object" for garbage, etc. Very little on aliasing problems.

* Pascal Van Hentenryck, "Constraint Satisfaction in Logic Programming", Logic Programming, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1989, pp. 224.
Revision of author's thesis, Univ. de Namur.
Defines a Prolog-like language with domain definitions and constraints. The language has facilities for a priori pruning, using special forward and look-ahead predicate modifiers, which allow the specification of alternating breadth-first and depth-first search. There are additional predicates to steer the search. The book covers many toy problems (Mastermind, crossword puzzle generation, etc.) and several real-world problems (construction scheduling, warehouse location, etc.) in detail. There is extensive coverage of related work, and a thorough survey of existing search techniques. The language is part of the CHIP (Constraint Handling In Prolog) project of ECRC.

* Roger King, "My cat is object-oriented", in Object-Oriented Concepts, Databases, and Applications, ed. by Won Kim and Frederick H. Lochovsky, Addison-Wesley, Reading, Ma., pp. 23-30. 1989,
Compares the use of semantic models and object orientation for expressing complex data structures (more specifically databases). Semantic models provide structural abstraction (types); object orientation provides behavioral abstraction (methods). Semantic models are concerned with representation of data (types); object orientation is concerned with manipulation of data (methods). They complement each other rather than being in opposition.
Rationale of the title: if you want to sing the praises of something, call it object-oriented.

* W.R. LaLonde, "Designing families of data types using exemplars", ACM Trans. Prog. Lang. Syst., 11, #2, pp. 212-248. 1989,

* Jonathan E. Shopiro, "An example of multiple inheritance in C++: the iostream library", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 24, #12, pp. 32-36. Dec. 1989,
Provides code and minimal explanation of a simplified version of the iostream class + its base classes in C++. Basically, class iostream is just the sum of class istream and class ostream, each of which are instantiations of a virtual class ios.

* Richard S. Wiener, Lewis J. Pinson, "A practical example of multiple inheritance in C++", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 24, #9, pp. 112-115. Sept. 1989,
A simple and somewhat hesitant example of multiple inheritance in C++ is given. The example constructs a class IntegerArray from the classes Array and Integer, but although the Array class is called generic, it is not used that way. In the end a class arises, objects of which are both integers and arrays. See Erikson (July 1990).

* Henri E. Bal, Jennifer G. Steiner, Andrew S. Tanenbaum, "Programming languages for distributed computing systems", ACM Computing Surveys, 21, #3, pp. 261-322. Sept. 1989,

* Nicholas Carriero, David Gelernter, "How to write parallel programs: A guide to the perplexed", ACM Computing Surveys, 21, #3, pp. 323-358. Sept. 1989,

* Paul Hudak, "Conception, evaluation, and application of functional programming languages", ACM Computing Surveys, 21, #3, pp. 359-411. Sept. 1989,
Extensive survey of the history and principles of functional languages. Sets out by covering the principles of lambda-calculus, Church-Rosser theorems I and II and fixpoint, giving simple proofs wherever possible. Treats Lisp as lambda-calculus plus constants (e.g., car and if). Next come Iswin, APL, FP and ML, the latter with extensive formal treatment of the type system. Miranda and the dataflow languages (SASL, KRC) follow, to culminate in the committee-designed cover-all language Haskell.
Concepts in functional programming are: higher-order functions; lazy evaluation, the desirability of which is made very clear; concrete data types (data types defined explicitly by their algebraic properties); pattern matching; and the irrelevancy of evaluation order, especially that of arguments.
The lazy stream model and the continuation model of I/O in a functional language are described in glowing terms. Ways to implement arrays and views are shown. Possibilities for parallelism, caching, non-determinism and combination with other paradigms are briefly touched upon.
The paper closes with a set of arguments to dispel some myths about functional languages.

* Ehud Shapiro, "The family of concurrent logic programming languages", ACM Computing Surveys, 21, #3, pp. 412-510. Sept. 1989,

* W. Wolf, "A Practical comparison of two object-oriented languages", IEEE Software, 6, #5, pp. 61-68. Sept. 1989,

* Michael R. Hansen, Bo S. Hansen, Peter Lucas, Peter van Emde Boas, "Integrating relational databases and constraint languages", Computer Languages, 14, #2, pp. 63-82. Aug. 1989,
Constraints are a good way to store knowledge in an application-independent form. From a given constraint, each application (or each language) can generate code to implement that constraint; such code could calculate the values of some variables when the values of other variables are given, or could implement a search strategy. For instance, Ohm's law, formulated as a single constraint, could give rise to three function in a programming language: V ( I, R ) , I ( V, R ) and R ( V, I ) . A relational algebra for these constraints is given and applied to examples, for instance to the x-has-an-uncle-y relation.
The authors note that their constraint system is equivalent to Prolog without built-in search. Rather each application has to supply its own resolution scheme. Finding such resolution schemes will in the general case require human assistance.

* Dan Jonsson, "Next: The elimination of goto-patches?", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 24, #3, pp. 85-92. March 1989,
Stage N in the ongoing goto debate. Shows that all previous attempts fall into one of seven patch categories. The author's solution is `pancode', which is, remarkably, a dressed-down version of his own patch category 1.

* Markku Sakkinen, "How to best return the value of a function", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 24, #3, pp. 55-56. March 1989,
Should actually be called "How to not return the value of a function"; it is an analysis and critique of the two most usual function value return mechanisms: assigning to the function name and using a return statement. Both leave much to be desired, but no better alternative is given.

* P. Luker, "Never mind the language, what about the paradigm?", ACM SIGCSE Bull., 21, #1, pp. 252-256. Feb. 1989,
Invoking Kuhn, the author predicts a (chaotic) revolution of paradigm in programming. Candidates are compared but all are found wanting. Object-oriented programming is perhaps the prime candidates with functional programming a second best. Since there is no clear favorite, the revolution may take a long time and CS curricula should prepare the students for it, preferably by teaching more theory. Speaks highly of the object-oriented language BETA.

* Kelvin Nilsen, "The Design and Implementation of High-Level Programming Language for Pattern Matching in Real Time", Doctoral Dissertation, The University of Arizona, 1988,

* Michael J.C. Gordon, "Programming Language Theory and its Implementation: Applicative and Imperative Paradigms", Prentice-Hall International Series in Computer Science, Prentice-Hall, New York, 1988, pp. 255.

* Herbert G. Mayer, "Programming Languages", Macmillan Publ. Co., New York, NY, 1988, pp. 681.
Covers imperative languages in an entertaining style. Full of anecdotes and opinions, plus a number of personal pet subjects of the author, for instance a separate 20-page chapter on the goto statement, and a very informative 40-page chapter on recursion. Concurrent programming and logic programming each get a 20-page chapter. The index is embarrassing. Worth reading, because of the extracurricular information.

* R. Koymans, R. Kuiper, E. Zijlstra, "Paradigms for real-time systems", in Formal Techniques in Real-Time and Fault-Tolerant Systems, ed. by M. Joseph, Springer Verlag, New York, pp. 159-174. 1988,

* Jayantha Herath, Yoshinori Yamaguchi, Nobuo Saito, Toshitsugu Yuba, "Dataflow computing models, languages, and machines for intelligence computations", IEEE -- Software Engineering, 14, #12, Dec. 1988, pp. 1805-1828.
This very densely written paper consists of four chapters: computation models, language models, machine models and performance evaluation. All developments on each of these subjects are covered in numerous short paragraphs. Many of these are so terse as to be almost incomprehensible; examples are few and are generally not annotated. The authors seem more concerned with getting information on paper than with conveying it to the reader. The paper contains a bibliography of 65 entries.

* Mark Stefik, Daniel G. Bobrow, Sanjay Mittal, Lynn Conway, "Knowledge programming in LOOPS", in Readings from the AI Magazine, Amer. Assn. for Artificial Intelligence, Menlo Park, Ca., pp. 493-503. 1988,
Describes the experience with a course on knowledge programming in Loops. The subject was an economic model realized as a board game in which each player owns a truck, drives around and buys and sells goods. There are hazards on the road and players have to buy gas, etc. A rich animated environment for the independent trucker was available for the course. The students programmed trucks as objects, displayed results using access-oriented programming and composition, etc. Big fun and it worked.

* Yves Lafont, "The linear abstract machine", Theor. Computer Sc., 59, 1988, pp. 157-180.

* R. Bird, P. Wadler, "An Introduction to Functional Programming", Prentice-Hall, New York, 1988, pp. 293.
The preface claims: "No knowledge of computers or experience in writing programs is assumed", and then continues about suitability for first-year undergraduate students. But even the first pages require considerable mathematical sophistication, i.e., the book addresses the infinitely intelligent total ignoramus.

* L.B. Wilson, R.G. Clark, "Comparative Programming Languages", Addison-Wesley, Reading, Mass., 1988, pp. 379.
The bibliographies are very short but very much to the point. Very good description of parameter passing. Comes down heavily on call-by-name. Original. Separate chapter on I/O.

* Wm Leler, "Constraint Programming Languages -- Their Specification and Generation", Addison-Wesley, Reading, Mass., 1988, pp. 202.
After a short introduction to constraint programming, the author explains theproblems with existing constraint-satisfaction systems: most are application-dependent, data types are neglected, many are not computationally complete, and relaxation techniques cause numerical instabilities. This can be improved by requiring the user to supply rules telling how a constraint should be satisfied: rule-based constraints. An automatic solution to constraint satisfaction is local propagation, which tries to solve all equations sequentially in some order. This works if there are no cycles, which are, however, already present in a simple constraint like x + x = 2 . An automatic solution is graph transformation (term rewriting); it transforms x + x = 2 into 2 "µ" x = 2 , which can be solved; this leads to equation solvers. Sometimes there is no such transformation; then use relaxation for numeric problems and a search technique for symbolic problems. The book dedicates a chapter to each of these techniques.
The main subject of the book is the author's language Bertrand, which is based on an augmented form of term rewriting. Other existing constraint programming languages are discussed, however:
-- Sketchpad (Sutherland, thesis 1963). Domain: geometric figures. Graphical input and output.
-- ThingLab (Borning, thesis 1979). Definable domains.
-- TK!Solver (Konopasek, 1984). Essentially an equation solver.
-- Juno (Nelson, 1984). Geometric figures.
-- IDEAL (Van Wyk, thesis 1980). Geometric figures.

* Scott Danforth, "Consistent choice narrowing -- A new model for constraint-based programming", in 21st Annual Hawaii International Conference, ed. by B. Shriver, IEEE, Washington, DC, pp. 595-604. 1988,
In the framework of constraint satisfaction by term rewriting, the author proposes to rewrite nodes consistently; that is, each rewrite is remembered and when the same node is found again, it is rewritten in the same way. Backtracking can unrewrite the node, after which it can be rewritten differently (and consistently) again. Doing this for several nodes narrows down the constraint consistently, whence the name. This yields a cleaner semantics and provides a kind of Prolog-like unification.

* R.E. Griswold, "Programming with generators", The Computer Journal, 31, #3, pp. 220-228. June 1988,
All expressions in Icon yield 0 or more results, not necessarily 1 result. Yielding 0 results is considered "failure". This concept replaces conditional expressions. The number of results consumed depends on the context: 1 in an assignment, but an arbitrary number in an iteration: every expr1 do expr2 gets all results of expr1 and evaluates expr2 for each of them; and in goal-directed evaluation: a subexpression is resumed automatically if its parent expression does not produce a result. As a result, the system will do a top-down search for all possible solutions (= successful evaluations). Actually, this is how iteration is implemented: every refuses to produce a result, thereby forcing every possible evaluation of the expression. The backtracking can be broken by using semicolons: (e1; e2) will not retry (continue) e1 when e2 fails.
Expressions that can explicitly yield multiple results are called generators. There are several built-in generators, for string searching and decomposition of compound data structures. Generators can be concatenated: e1|e2 yields all results of e1 followed by those of e2; and repeated: |e yields all results of the repeated evaluation of e until it produces an empty result. Generators can be limited: e\en limits e to at most n results. Of course generators like (1 to 10) \e (2 to 4) work and do the expected (but perhaps not so obvious): 1..2, 1..3, 1..4. The result sequence of an expression can be filtered: 1(e1, e2) will produce those results of e1 for which e2 succeeds, until e1 itself fails. Generators can be programmer-defined in routines that suspend themselves using suspend e.
The paper continues with 3 demonstrations of the use of generators. Generator procedures are powerful, especially if they are recursive. Procedural encapsulation turns generators into tools and increases readability. And generators support a limited form of logic programming, with fewer features but more explicit control.

* B. Dwyer, "Regular right part programming languages", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 23, #6, pp. 140-144. June 1988,
The grammatical paradigm to programming ! On the last page they almost invent ALEPH!

* Carl G. Ponder, Patrick C. McGeer, Antony P-C. Ng, "Are applicative languages inefficient?", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 23, #6, pp. 135-139. June 1988,
Many problems can be solved equally efficiently in an applicative language as with updatable memory, and any applicative algorithm can simulate updatable memory in logarithmic time. The authors specify seven problems for which they cannot get rid of the logarithmic factor and wonder/ask if this is fundamental. (See also: Nicolas Pippenger, Pure versus impure Lisp, ACM TOPLAS, Vol. 19, No. 2, p. 223-238, March 1997.)

* N. Wirth, "Type extensions", ACM TOPLAS, 10, #2, April 1988, pp. 204-214.

* S. Danforth, C. Tomlinson, "Type theories and object-oriented programming", ACM Computing Surveys, 20, #1, pp. 29-72. March 1988,

* C. Zah, "A phased programming paradigm", ACM SIGCSE Bull., 20, #1, pp. 9-12. Feb. 1988,

* Pascal Van Hentenryck, "A constraint approach to Mastermind in logic programming", ACM SIGART Newsletter, #103, pp. 31-34. Jan. 1988,
Mastermind in Prolog with constraints; 40 times more efficient than in normal Prolog.

* B. Stroustrup, "Design issues in C++", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 23, #1, Jan. 1988,

* J. Marshall Ungar, "The Fifth Generation Fallacy", Oxford Univ. Press, New York, 1987, pp. ???.

* Gilles Kahn, "Natural semantics", ed. by F.J. Brandenburg, G. Vidal-Naquet, and M. Wirsing, in Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science, STACS, Lecture Notes in Computer Science #247, pp. 22-39. Springer-Verlag, 1987,

* Thomas Johnsson, "Attribute grammars as a functional programming paradigm", in Functional Programming Languages and Computer Architecture, Lecture Notes in Computer Science #274, ed. by Gilles Kahn, Berlin, Springer-Verlag, 1987, pp. 154-173.

* Bent Bruun Kristensen, Ole Lehrmann Madsen, Birger Møller-Pedersen, Kristen Nygaard, "The BETA programming language", in Research Directions in Object-Oriented Programming, ed. by Bruce Shriver and Peter Wegner, MIT Press, Cambridge, Ma., pp. 7-48. 1987,

* J.-Y. Girard, "Linear Logic", Theor. Computer Sci., 50, pp. 1-102. 1987,

* O.M. Nierstras, "Active objects in Hybrid", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 22, #12, Dec. 1987,

* Ed Anson, "A generalized iterative construct and its semantics", ACM TOPLAS, 9, #4, Oct. 1987, pp. 567-581.
Defines a combination of the Dijkstra guarded commands if-fi and do-od into a single do-upon-od command:

do	P1 → L1
[]	P2 → L2
[]	...
upon	Q1 → M1
[]	Q2 → M2
[]	...
od
which loops repeating Pn → Ln until at least one Qm guard is true, after which the command does Mm and terminates.
Theorems are given, and the command is compared to Parnas' "A generalized control structure and its formal definition", Commun. ACM, Vol. 26, No. 8, Aug. 1983, pp. 572-581.
A sample application to window updating in a window system concludes the paper.

* B. Meyer, "Eiffel: Programming for reusability and extendibility", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 22, #2, pp. 85-94. Feb. 1987,

* Michael Marcotty, Henry Ledgard, "Programming Language Landscape: Syntax, Semantics and Implementation", 2nd ed., Science Research Associates, Chicago, 1986, pp. 569.
Original treatment of language features by having a special mini-language for each feature.

* H. Lieberman, "Using prototypical objects to implement shared behaviour in object-oriented languages", in ACM Conference on Object-Oriented Systems Languages and Applications (OOPSLA '86), ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 21, #11, pp. 214-223. Nov.1986,
[ast] Sharing behaviour can be between abstract classes using inheritance, or protoypes using delegation. An object refers to its class for shared knowledge; a prototype refers to another prototype for shared knowledge.

* P. Wegner, "Classification of object-oriented systems", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 21, #10, Oct 1986,

* N. Nygaard, "Basic concepts in object-oriented programming", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 21, #10, Oct. 1986,

* Harold Abelson, Gerald Jay Sussman, Julie Sussman, "Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs", MIT Press/McGraw-Hill, Cambrigde, Mass., 1985, pp. 542.

* Michael A.K. Halliday, "An Introduction to Functional Grammar", Edward Arnold, London, 1985,

* L. Cardelli, P. Wegner, "On understanding types, data abstraction and polymorphism", ACM Computing Surveys, 17, #4, 1985, pp. 472-522.

* K. Pingali, Arvind, "Efficient demand-driven evaluation, Part I", ACM TOPLAS, 7, #2, 1985, pp. 311-333.
Describes a language in which streams are a data-type, providing operators `true-gate', `false-gate' and `merge'. The authors show that using these operators evaluation can be efficient. Good literature list for applicative programming.

* L. Cardelli, P. Wegner, "On understanding types, data abstraction, and polymorphism", ACM Computing Surveys, 17, #4, pp. 471-522. Dec. 1985,

* R.H. Halstead Jr., "Multilisp: a language for concurrent symbolic computation", ACM TOPLAS, 7, #4, Oct. 1985, pp. 501-538.
[ Futures.

* R.E. Davis, "Logic programming and Prolog: A tutorial", IEEE Softw., 2, #5, Sept. 1985, pp. 53-62.

* M.R. Genesereth, M.L. Ginsberg, "Logic programming", Commun. ACM, 28, #9, Sept. 1985, pp. 933-941.

* S. Yemini, D. Berry, "A modular verifyable exception-handling mechanism", ACM TOPLAS, 7, #2, pp. 214-243. 1985,
Based on Algol 68 and packages. Basic idea: a call of an exception handler can do one of two things: return a local answer, allowing the caller to proceed, and return a more global answer, cancelling a number of levels. The syntax used is shaky.

* Greg Nelson, "Juno, a constraint-based graphics system", in ACM SIGGRAPH '85, San Francisco, CA, July 22-26, 1985, ed. by Brian A. Barsky, Computer Graphics, 19, #3, July 1985, pp. 235-243.
Juno is a constraint language based in Dijkstra's guarded commands. Built-in data types are points, colours, widths and one anonymous image. Running the program and editing it are the same: editing the image WYSIWYG style edits the program text. One can, e.g., write a prototype bar graph program, using a text editor; adjusting the heights on screen would produce a new program.
The net says: A WYSIWYG front-end to a constraint-based language (cf. Metafont) for describing images.

* Harvey Glass, "Threaded imperative systems and functional programming environments", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 20, #4, pp. 24-32. April 1985,
Describes a Forth-like functional language, implemented as an extension of Forth. This technique allows easy prototyping of new functional language features. Garbage collection is the main problem.

* David Lomet, "Making pointers safe in system programming languages", IEEE Trans. Softw. Engineering, SE-11, #1, Jan. 1985, pp. 87-96.

* Graham Birtwistle, "The coroutines of Hanoi", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 20, #1, Jan. 1985, pp. 9-10.
Full code of the Towers of Hanoi in Demos, a Simula extension for event handling. The disks are implemented as coroutines.

* David M. Harland, "Polymorphic Languages -- Design and Implementation", Ellis Horwood, Chichester, 1984, pp. 251.
The ontology diagram of a programming language is a diagram which shows a number of spaces (sets), each populated with entities from the language. Generally there is a name space which holds the names, a denotation space which holds entities that can be named, and a value space which holds the rest of the entities. Furthermore the ontology diagram shows the relations that can hold between the entities. Examples of such relations are: "denotes", from names (in N-space) to D-space; "holds", from locations (in D- or V-space) to D- or V-space; etc.
Starting from very strong versions of Procedural Abstraction ("any piece of code can be made into a procedure with any of its components as parameters") and of Orthogonality ("all objects are first-class objects"), the author shows convincingly that it is virtually necessary to have only the locations (memory cells) in D-space and everything else in V-space (except the names which live of course in the N-space). More in particular, types are values; hence the need for polymorphism. The rest of this thesis-like book is dedicated to exploring the consequences of this approach, in the definition of the polymorphic language POLY.
Lists play a prominent role in POLY. All values are pairs <T.type: T.value>. The type "type" (which is a value of the type type) is of course represented as <Type: Type>. From this a lattice of types is constructed. (Remarkably, although POLY has structure types, a structure must contain at least one field; again no empty structures.) Type checking is dynamic and types are equivalent if they have been generated in the same call of a type generator, so to speak. The type checking is safe but does not provide early warnings.
Locations in POLY can be type-constant, and if they are they can be value-constant. Checking is again dynamic.
Control statements are fairly conventional, except that they are also expressions; e.g. a for statement can be used to yield a list of values. The dangling else problem is solved by having if ... do ... versus if ... then ... else .... Modules are introduced as procedures that yield a list of values (procedures, types, values, etc.); the programmer has to name these values to be able to use them. A module instantiation is a procedure call to a module and yields a list of anonymous exported items. The same mechanism can be used to implement "own" variables.
The book closes with a grammar for POLY and the design of a machine code instruction set, centered around a "heap of tagged cells arranged into arbitrary-sized blocks" (p. 232). Furthermore the author speculates about a language in which even keywords can be the subject of procedural abstraction, by having values of the type keyword.
The author makes a number of interesting points and dubious remarks.
1. If a feature would become dangerous when granted full rights under the Orthogonality Principle, the feature should go rather than the Orthogonality Principle (p. 36). This is used to show why labels are bad.
2. Concrete syntax is immaterial (p. 40) and any form is equally valid (sic!).
3. Modula-2 and Ada are blatantly documentation-oriented and contain hardly any operational code (p. 177).
4. The emphasis when writing generalized software should [] be on survivability rather than on static verifiability (sic!).

* Hugh Glaser, Chris Hankin, David Till, "Principles of Functional Programming", Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1984, pp. 251.

* Ellis Horowitz, "Fundamentals of Programming Languages", 2nd Edn., Computer Science Press, Rockville, Md. 20850, 1984, pp. 446.
One of the first systematic approaches to programming language principles, now in its N-th printing. The principles are elucidated with often very clear and detailed examples. Mostly on algorithmic languages, but covers functional programming, data-flow languages and object-oriented programming in the last 80 pages.

* Luca Cardelli, "The semantics of multiple inheritance", in Semantics of Data Types, LNCS #173, Springer Verlag, 1984, pp. 51-68.

* D.P. Friedman, M. Wand, "Reification: reflection without metaphysics", in LFP 1984, pp. 348-355. 1984,

* M. Shaw, "Abstraction techniques in modern programming languages", IEEE Software, 1, #4, pp. 10. Oct. 1984,

* M. Rem, "Small programming exercises 5", Sci. Comput. Programming, 4, #3, 1984, pp. 323-333.

* Robert I. Winner, "Unassigned objects", TOPLAS, 6, #4, Oct. 1984, pp. 449-467.
Balanced and thoughtful examination of what "unassigned" means in an assignment-oriented language (Ada in particular) and how one can could approach the issue for scalar and composite objects, without leading to simple conclusions.

* John R. Pugh, "Actors -- The stage is set", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 19, #3, pp. 61-65. March 1984,
The suitability of actors for areas outside AI is emphasized. Actors and objects are compared, and some indication of an actor paradigm is given.

* Bruce J. MacLennan, "Principles of Programming Languages: Design, Evaluation and Implementation", Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York, 1983, pp. 554.
The book exudes an atmosphere that is different from other books on programming languages, but the difference is hard to pinpoint. Essentially it is a well-structured set of one- to two-page well-formulated well-captioned chunks of knowledge rather than a book, as if teaching and studying were to be done in chunks of 15 minutes each, to be interrupted at any point. Perhaps the fact that the author is from the Naval Postgraduate School has something to do with it.
Zillions of language features are examined and critisized in a poignant style, and the explanation is often supported by some hints at a possible implementation. The book explains both iterative interpreters (first for assembly code and then for a higher-level pseudo-code) and recursive interpreters (for LISP, etc.). It features a list of 16 explicit principles in programming language design. Another unusual feature is the Concept Directory, a hierarchically structured table of contents (in addition to the standard TOC), in the author's words "a vertically organized outline of topics in language design". On the other hand, the index does not distinguish between Algol-60, Algol-W and Algol-68. And the book fails on the lithmus test: it explains Algol-60 call by name parameter passing as substitution; it explains Jensen's device correctly, though.
Applicative programming is represented by Lisp. A simple mark-and-scan garbage collector is shown.
Three ways are shown to interpret a Prolog program: top-down, bottom-up(!) and procedural(!!). Backtracking is shown by example, but not really explained. Unification is mentioned but not explained, let alone backtracking over unification.
The literature references are in-line, which is at the same time helpful and a nuisance. Most of them occur in exercises.
An unusual book; worth reading.

* Ralph E. Griswold, Michael Novak, "Programmer-defined control operations in Icon", Computer J., 26, #2, pp. 175-183. 1983,

* Paul Overaa, "Computing, a psychological approach?", Personal Computing World, ??, pp. 207-209. 1983,
The author distinguishes three levels in problem solution understanding: enactive ("I can show you how to do it"), iconic ("I can draw you a diagram") and symbolic ("I have a formalism for it"). Often two levels are used, with the problem solver falling back on the lower level when getting in trouble.

* I.A. Robinson, "Logic programming -- Past, present and future", New Generation Comput., 1, 1983, pp. 107-124.

* M.P. Atkinson, et al., "An approach to persistent programming", Computer J., 26, pp. 360-365. 1983,

* David Lorge Parnas, "A generalized control structure and its formal definition", Commun. ACM, 26, #8, Aug. 1983, pp. 572-581.
Combines the Dijkstra guarded commands if-fi and do-od into a single it-ti command:

it	P1 → L1 T1
V	P2 → L2 T2
V	...
ti
where V is the logical OR, Pn is a predicate (guard), Ln is a statement list, and Tn is a terminator: an up-arrow or a down-arrow. The it-ti iterates (loops), non-deterministically taking statement lists Ln whose guards Pn are true. If Ln is followed by an up-arrow the iteration resumes, otherwise it terminates. Like Dijkstra's guarded commands, this often forces one to copy predicate parts.
Techniques are given to make the programs deterministic, to achieve more run-time efficiency. This includes the introduction of an else (called elseor in the text) in place of the V, which subsumes the negation of all previous guards.
There is hidden flow of control in the use of cand (and_then), cor (or_else), and the predicate init (which is true only the first time through the loop, and which constitutes a hidden variable) in the guards.
Formal properties and application examples are given; a short history of control structures concludes the paper.

* G. Agha, "An overview of actor languages", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 18, #6, pp. 58-67. June 1983,

* Bent Bruun Kristensen, Ole Lehrmann Madsen, Birger Møller-Pedersen, Kristen Nygaard, "Abstraction mechanisms in the BETA programming language", in Tenth ACM Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages, ACM, New York, Jan. 1983, pp. 285-298.
Author's abstract: The BETA programming language is developed as part of the BETA project. The purpose of this project is to develop concepts, constructs and tools in the field of programming and programming languages. BETA has been developed from 1975 on and the various stages of the language are documented in [BETA a]. The application area of BETA is programming of embedded as well as distributed computing systems. For this reason a major goal has been to develop constructs that may be efficiently implemented. Furthermore the BETA language is intended to have a few number of basic but general constructs. It is then necessary that the abstraction mechanisms are powerful in order to define more specialized constructs.

* A. Colmerauer, "Prolog and infinite trees", in Logic Programming, ed. by K.L. Clark and S.A. Tarnlund, Academic Press, New York, 1982,

* R.A. Kowalski, "Logic as a computer language", in Logic Programming, ed. by K.L. Clark and S.A. Tarnlund, Academic Press, New York, 1982,

* K.L. Clark, S.A. Tarnlund, "Logic Programming", Academic Press, New York, 1982,

* J. Bresnan ed., "The Mental Representation of Grammatical Relations", , MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1982, pp. ???.
[ TA.04716 (11e) ] [ LFG stands for Lexical-Functional Grammar. It's hard to sum up quickly. ]

* Ivana Marková, "Paradigms, Thought, and Language", Chichester, John Wiley, 1982, pp. 229.

* Dick Grune, "On the Design of ALEPH", PhD thesis, Mathematisch Centrum, Amsterdam, pp. 198. 1982,
Is about the grammatical paradigm of programming, without knowing it.

* S.J. Young, "Real Time Languages -- Design and Implementation", Ellis Horwood, Chichester, 1982, pp. 352.
First five characteristics of real-time software are discussed: must be extremely reliable, is large and complex, must give a guaranteed response time, must interface to weird hardware, and must be efficient. Areas of conflict are pointed out. Next, the author gives an exceptionally good treatment of programming language features and, if the occasion arises, assesses their importance for real-time programming. The last part of the book covers RTL/2, Modula (not -2!) and Ada and screens each of them for real-time use. If you leave the bits about real-time programming out, a very good book about programming languages would remain.

* M. Ben-Ari, "Principles of Concurrent Programming", Prentice-Hall Int., London, 1982, pp. 172.

* A. Borning, D. Ingalls, "Multiple inheritance in Smalltalk-80", Proc AAAI, pp. 234-237. 1982,

* T. Rentsch, "Object-oriented programming", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 17, #9, pp. 51-??. Sept. 1982,

* C.S. Wetherell, "Error data values in the data-flow language VAL", ACM TOPLAS, 4, #2, pp. 226-238. April 1982,

* Christopher J. Van Wyk, "A high-level language for specifying pictures", ACM Trans. Graphics, 1, #2, pp. 163-182. April 1982,
A picture is represented as a set of complex variables, constraints on them and drawing commands using them. Pictures can be constrained further, thus turning a rectangle into a square or fixing the position of a corner, for instance.

* Ronald Morrison, "The string as a simple data type", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 17, #3, March 1982, pp. 46-52.

* William B. Ackerman, "Data flow languages", IEEE Computer, 15, #2, pp. 15-25. Feb. 1982,
Starting from the requirements imposed by the dataflow machine (no side effects, flow of control = data dependency, single-assignment) the author arrives at a characterization of dataflow languages as functional languages with an iteration construct.

* Alan L. Davis, Robert M. Keller, "Data flow program graphs", Univ. of Utah, IEEE Computer, Feb. 1982, pp. 26-41.
Authors' abstract: Data flow languages form a subclass of the languages which are based primarily upon function application (i.e., applicative languages). By data flow language we mean any applicative language based entirely upon the notion of data flowing from one function entity to another or any language that directly supports such flowing. This flow concept give data flow languages the advantage of allowing program definitions to be represented exclusively by graphs. Graphical representations and their applications are the subject of this article.

* D. Grune, "On the Design of ALEPH", PhD. Thesis, 1982, CWI Tract 13, Mathematisch Centrum, Amsterdam, pp. 198. 1986,

* Christoph M. Hoffmann, Michael J. O'Donnell, "Programming with equations", ACM TOPLAS, 4, #1, Jan. 1982, pp. 83-112.
Exercise in the all-the-world-is-equations paradigm. Actually, the equations are substitutions and work only one way: the left-hand side is replaced by the right-hand side. Theoretical foundation, implementation by reduction, limitations (two left-hand sides may not match overlapping stretches in an expression to be reduced), free (uninstantiated) variables. The implementation is by tree pattern matching and is treated in some detail.
The paradigm feels as a mix of (but not as a unification of) logic, grammatical and functional programming. Most examples are LISP- or Prolog-like; unfortunately, but not surprisingly, their execution times are exponential, as in any really general problem solver.

* R.D. Tennent, "Principles of Programming Languages", Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1981,

* D. Grune, "From VW-grammar to ALEPH", in Algorithmic Languages, ed. by Bakker, J.W. de & J.C. van Vliet, IW 162/81, pp. 185-202. 1981,

* Ralph E. Griswold, "History of the SNOBOL languages", in History of programming languages, ed. by R.L. Wexelblat, pp. 601-660. New York, Academic Press, 1981,

* D.H.N. Inghalls, "Design principles behind Smalltalk", BYTE, 6, #8, pp. 298-386. 1981,

* Alan Borning, "The programming language aspects of ThingLab, a constraint-oriented simulation laboratory", ACM TOPLAS, 3, #4, pp. 353-387. Oct. 1981,
Describes a more or less general constraint system in Smalltalk. A constraint consists of a rule and a set of methods. ThingLab tries to be intelligent about which user-defined method to apply when. It uses local propagation and relaxation.

* L.P. Deutsch, "Building control structures in the Smalltalk-80 system", BYTE, 6, #8, pp. 322-346. Aug. 1981,

* Martin Rem, "The closure statement: A programming language construct allowing ultraconcurrent execution", J. ACM, 28, #2, pp. 393-410. April 1981,
Mathematical foundations of the closure paradigm of programming. An associon is a an N-tuple of names; by convention the existence of a tuple (a, b, c, ...) in the store means that the relation a exists between (b, c, ...); the store acts as a set, so duplicates do not occur.
A closure statement contains one or more rules that generate new associons from old; these rules can contain free variables. An example could be: (R, a, b) AND (R, b, c) → (R, a, c) for any transitive relation R. Once the closure statement is started, these rules continue until no more elements can be added.
I don't think there has been any follow-up, which is a pity.

* Seymour Papert, "Mindstroms -- Children, Computers and Powerful Ideas", Basic Books, Inc., New York, 1980, pp. 230.
About Logo.

* Christopher D. Marlin, "Coroutines", Lecture Notes in Computer Science #95, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1980, pp. 246.

* Andrew D. McGettrick, "The Definition of Programming Languages", Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge, England, 1980, pp. 268.
Explains the definition methods used in the definitions of FORTRAN, ALGOL 60 (BNF), LISP, ALGOL W (T-notation, a finite-choice VW grammar), COBOL, PL/I (Vienna Definition Language, a functional programming language, the statements of which are attached to to grammar rules), PASCAL and ALGOL 68 (VW grammars), followed by an explanation of denotational semantics.

* Ralph E. Griswold, "The use of character sets and character mappings in Icon", Computer J., 23, #2, pp. 107-114. 1980,

* Gerald Jay Sussman, Guy Lewis Steele Jr., "Constraints -- A language for expressing almost-hierarchical descriptions", Artificial Intelligence, 14, #1, pp. 1-39. 1980,
Constraint programming is introduced and explained by many examples. The paper is entirely geared to electronic circuits. Much emphasis is on alternative views of sections of the circuitry, called slices, which yield additional constraints, and much effort is spent on obtaining algebraically simple constraints. All variable names have forms like R sub 14 , in engineering fashion.
In this sometimes tongue-in-cheek paper, the footnotes are often more informative than the main text.

* R.A. Kowalski, "Logic for Problem Solving", Elsevier North-Holland, New York, 1979,

* R.A. Kowalski, "Algorithm = logic + control", Commun. ACM, 22, #7, July 1979, pp. 424-436.

* L.V. Atkinson, "Should if ... then ... else ... follow the dodo?", SP&E, 9, 1979, pp. 693-700.
Citing Sime, Green and Guest (1977), who find that if A then B, if not A then C is better for program writing and much better for program understanding than if A then B else C, and invoking his own experience that the not operator is confusing to program writing and understanding, the author proposes to improve this approach by choosing natural language terms for A, not A, and "A-ness". For example, if the condition is "object is large", we choose the following terms: large for A, small for not A, and size_of_object for "A-ness". Now the conditional can be expressed as

case size_of_object of
     large: B;
     small: C;
end {size_of_object}
which is indeed very easy to write and to understand.
Another advantage of this approach is that it can be extended in a natural way to more than 2 choices, for example large, medium, small. The if-statement is seen as an over-specific form of the case statement.

* F.G. Pagan, "Algol 68 as a metalanguage for denotational semantics", Computer J., 22, #1, 1979, pp. 63-66.

* Robert W. Floyd, "The paradigms of programming", Commun. ACM, 22, #8, pp. 455-460. Aug. 1979,
Uses the word paradigm in a much more restricted sense than is usual today. His paradigms are today's methods and features; for instance, dynamic programming and coroutines are paradigms. Emphasizes the importance of paradigms and cites Kuhn; insists that programming languages should support the "paradigms" people use in programming (e.g. multiple assignment).

* E. Goto, I. Tetsuo, K. Hiraki, M. Susuki, N. Inada, "FLATS, A machine for numerical, symbolic and associative computing", in 6th Annual Symposium on Computer Architecture, Philadelphia, pp. 102-110. April 1979,

* F.G. Pagan, "Formal semantics of a SNOBOL4 subset", Computer Languages, 3, 1978, pp. 13-30.

* R. Milner, "A theory of type polymorphism in programming", J. Comput. Syst. Sci., 17, #3, Dec. 1978, pp. 348-375.

* R.A. Nelson, "XL: A language structure", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 13, #12, Dec. 1978, pp. 73-86.
Rather inaccessable text; this is a first try. Both the program and the data are lists of lists, i.e., trees, and operators work on both indiscriminately.

* E.C. Freuder, "Synthesizing constraint expressions", Commun. ACM, 21, #11, pp. 958-966. Nov. 1978,

* J. Backus, "Can programming be liberated from the von Neumann style? A functional style and its algebra of programs", Commun. ACM, 21, #8, Aug. 1978, pp. 613-641.

* David R. Hanson, Ralph E. Griswold, "The SL5 procedure mechanism", Commun. ACM, 21, #5, pp. 392-400. May 1978,
SL5 is a precursor to Icon. An SL5 expresiion return a composite result consisting of a value of arbitrary type and an integer signal; the latter is used for control purposes, and is usually 0 (failure) or 1 (success).
Procedures are just values and can be created at any time by supplying its denotation. Calling a procedure, say p, occurs in three stages.
-- First an environment e is created for the procedure by writing e := create p. This allocates an activation record and sets the required links. More particularly, this action sets the lexical link (I think).
-- Next its arguments are supplied (all at one, no partial parametrization (I think)) by writing, for example, e with (1, 2).
-- Finally the fully parametrized environment is called by writing resume e. The running procedure can be stopped and another resumed by giving another resume.
All this means that a procedure call p(1, 2) is an abbreviation of resume (create p with (1, 2)), but also that the components can be used to construct coroutines and other unusual procedural flow of control. Examples are given.
Scoping is dynamic in principle, but users can control it by using public or private identifiers. Default parameter transmission is by name, as in Algol 60, but users can supply their own "programmer-defined argument transmitters". They can, for example, test properties of the arguments, evaluate them, etc.; they are used more or less as type names, and are indeed the closest thing to types SL5 has.
An interesting example is the generator for context-free sentences. Also interesting is the comparison between Simula classes and SL5 procedures.

* Tom Jacobsen, "Another view of coroutines", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 13, #4, April 1978, pp. 68-75.
Improves the Simula 67 implementation of the double a to b program (Grune, "A view of coroutines", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, Vol. 12, No. 7, pp. 75-81, July 1977) by packaging the buffer manipulation and coroutine transfer in small routines; this reduces the damage done to the aa→b and bb→c processes when they are coupled into one program.
Also shows how the Algol 68 semaphore manipulation used in Grune, July 1977, can be implemented in Simula 67. The author views the coroutine as "a tool ensuring explicit interaction among procedures at well defined states".

* William Slater, Howard Modell, "Structured Programming Considered Harmful", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 13, #4, pp. 76-79. April 1978,
Tongue-in-cheek paper which proposes various new crazy language structures that sometimes verge on the sane. Some of the more sane proposals are the COMEFROM statement, which emphasizes the fact that the state information from various points of departure of jumps must be merged at the point of arrival of the jump (R. Lawrence Clark, 1973); renaming REAL to RATIONAL, which indeed it is; and a comparison for almost equal, '~~', to be used to compare two reals for equality (which are almost never really equal). One of the trivially insane proposals is the 'UNLESS (Boolean) DONT' for 'IF (Boolean) DO', if the Boolean is unlikely to be TRUE. Still, the example programs are almost readable, in a Cardassian kind of way. A view to another universe.

* W.R. LaLonde, "Letter to the editor concerning ordered types", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 13, #4, April 1978, pp. 24-27.
[ points out errors in Abramson, Ordered types and a generalized for-statement ]

* D. Gries, "The multiple assignment statement", IEEE Trans. Software Eng., SE-2, #??, March 1978, pp. 89-93.

* M.E. Sime, T.R.G. Green, D.J. Guest, "Scope marking in computer conditionals -- a psychological evaluation", Int. J. Man-Machine Studies, 9, 1977, pp. 107-118.

* Harvey Abramson, Ordered types and a generalized for-statement, ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 12, #12, Dec. 1977, pp. 55-59.

* J. Craig Cleaveland, Robert C. Uzgalis, "Grammars for Programming Languages", Elsevier North-Holland, New York, 1977, pp. ???.

* E.A. Ashcroft, W.W. Wadge, "Lucid, a nonprocedural language with iteration", Commun. ACM, 20, #7, July 1977, pp. 519-526.

* J.L.W. Kessels, "An alternative to event queues for synchronization in monitors", Commun. ACM, 20, #7, July 1977, pp. 500-503.
Monitors solve the mutual exclusion problem well, but handling the condition synchronization using wait and signal is still awkward. The paper proposes conditions, a special kind of Boolean routines consisting of a single Boolean expression each and declared inside the monitor but outside the routines in the monitor; consequently they can access variables with monitor scope only. Conditions can be used any place inside a routine in a WAIT statement. The routine is then suspended and the monitor released until the condition becomes true. No signal statement or so is required or even possible. It is up to the programmer to use WAIT statement only when invariants allow it.
The paper shows that this allows easy formulation of e.g. the multi-reader multi-writer problem, and that these conditions are relatively easy to implement.

* D. Grune, "A view of coroutines", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 12, #7, pp. 75-81. July 1977,
The coroutine mechanism is explained as a simplified implementation of a special case in parallel processing.

* C. Hewitt, "Viewing control structures as patterns of passing messages", Artificial Intell. J., 8, #3, pp. 323-364. June 1977,

* V.R. Pratt, "The competence / performance dichotomy in programming", in Fourth ACM Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages, ACM, New York, Jan. 1977, pp. 194-???.

* M. Rem, "Associons and the closure statement", Mathematical Centre Tract 76, PhD thesis, T.H. Eindhoven, Mathematical Centre, Amsterdam, 1976, pp. 115.
The introduction of associons, for which see M. Rem, The closure statement: A programming language construct allowing ultraconcurrent execution, J. ACM, vol. 28, 2, pp. 393-410, April 1981.

* E. Ashcroft, W. Wadge, "Lucid -- A formal system for writing and proving programs", SIAM J. Comput., 5, #3, 1976, pp. 336-354.

* F.G. Pagan, "On interpreter-oriented definitions of programming languages", Computer J., 19, 1976, pp. 151-155.

* David R. Hanson, "Variable associations in SNOBOL4", Software-Practice and Experience, 6, pp. 245-254. 1976,

* Steve Wright, "Invocation -- The key to program structure", Commun. ACM, 19, June 1976, pp. 361.
Letter. Argues that gotos, for-loops, etc. are only important locally, but that procedure calls and module structure have a much wider impact, and are more important.

* W.H. Burge, "Recursive Programming Techniques", Addison-Wesley, Reading Mass., 1975,

* D. Grune, "ALEPH, een grammaticale aanpak van programmacorrectheid", in Dutch: ALEPH, A Grammatical Approach to Program Correctness, in Math. Centrum Syllabus 21, Mathematisch Centrum, Amsterdam, pp. ???-???. 1975,

* Stephen A. Schuman, "New Directions in Algorithmic Languages", IRIA, le Chesnay, 1975, pp. 295.

* H.F. Ledgard, M. Marcotty, "A genealogy of control structures", Commun. ACM, 18, #11, Nov. 1975, pp. 629-638.

* Leon Presser, "Structured languages", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 10, #7, July 1975, pp. 22-24.

* I. Greif, C. Hewitt, "Actor semantics of PLANNER-73", in Second ACM Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages, Jan. 1975, Palo Alto, California, pp. 67-77.
Author's abstract: Work on PLANNER-73 and actors has led to the development of a basis for semantics of programming languages. Its value in describing programs wtth side-effects, parallelism, and synchronization is discussed. Formal definitions are written and explained for sequences, cells, and a simple synchronization primitive. In addition there is discussion of the implications of actor semantics for the controversy over elimination of side-effects.

* J. Backus, "Programming language semantics and closed applicative languages", in Second ACM Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages, 1974, pp. 71-86.

* R. Kowalski, "Predicate logic as a programming language", in Information Processing 74, Elsevier North-Holland, New York, 1974, pp. 569-574.

* R.V. Evans, "Multiple exits from a loop using neither GOTO nor labels", Commun. ACM, 17, #11, Nov. 1974, pp. 650.

* R.J. Waldinger, K.N. Levitt, "Reasoning about programs", Artif Intell., 5, #3, Fall 1974, pp. 235-316.

* B.H. Liskov, S.N. Zilles, "Programming with abstract data types", ACM Sigplan Notices, 9, #4, pp. 50-59. April 1974,

* C.L. Chang, R.C. Lee, "Symbolic Logic and Mechanical Theorem Proving", Academic Press, New York, 1973,

* R. Bosch, D. Grune, L. Meertens, "ALEPH, A Language Encouraging Program Hierarchy", IW 9/73, Mathematisch Centrum, Amsterdam, 1973,

* R. Lawrence Clark, "A linguistic contribution to GOTO-less programming", Datamation, 19, #12, pp. 62-63. Dec. 1973,
If this two-page tongue-in-cheek article indeed expresses the non-trivial insight that the goto problem is really a come-from problem (as Appleby [1991, p. 98] suggests), it hides that fact remarkably well.

* C. Hewitt, P. Bishop, I. Greif, B. Smith, T. Matson, R. Steiger, "Actor induction and meta-evaluation", in First ACM Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages, Oct. 1973, Boston, Massachusetts, pp. 153-168.
Author's abstract: "Programs should not only work, but they should appear to work as well." The PLANNER project is continuing research in natural and effective means for embedding knowledge in procedures. In the course of this work we have succeeded in unifying the formalism around _one_ fundamental concept: the ACTOR. Intuitively, an ACTOR is an active agent which plays a role on cue according to a script. We use the ACTOR metaphor to emphasize the _inseparability of control and data flow_ in our model. Data structures, functions, semaphores, monitors, ports, descriptions, Quillian nets, logical formulae, numbers, identifiers, demons, processes, contexts, and data bases can all be shown to be special cases of actors. All of the above are objects with certain useful modes of behavior. Our formalism shows how all of these modes of behavior can be defined in terms of _one_ kind of behavior: _sending messages to_ actors. An actor is always invoked uniformly in exactly the same way regardless of whether it behaves as a recursive function, data structure, or process. The unification and simplification of the formalisms for the procedural embedding of knowledge has a great many benefits for us. In particular it enables us to substantiate properties of procedures more easily.

* Alice E. Fischer, Michael J. Fischer, "Mode modules as representations of domains", in Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages, pp. 139-143. Oct. 1973,

* James H. Morris Jr., "Types are not sets", in Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages, Oct. 1973, pp. 120-124.

* Clayton H. Lewis, Barry K. Rosen, "Recursively defined data types", in Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages, Oct. 1973, pp. 125-138.

* T. Kasami, W.W. Peterson, N. Tokura, "On the capabilities of while, repeat, and exit statements", Commun. ACM, 16, #8, Aug. 1973, pp. 503-512.

* G.V. Bochmann, "Multiple exits from a loop without the GOTO", Commun. ACM, 16, #7, July 1973, pp. 443-444.

* William A. Wulf, Mary Shaw, "Global Variable Considered Harmful", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 8, #2, Feb. 1973, pp. 28-34.

* Mark Elson, "Concepts of Programming Languages", Science Research Associates, Chicago, 1973, pp. 333.
Remarkably modern book, emphasizes concepts and treats them in isolation. The first 60 pages are on Fortran, Algol 60, PL/I and APL, the rest is concepts, treating such items as named exceptions, execution monitoring, shared data and language extensibility.

* P. Wegner, "The Vienna Definition Language", Comput. Surveys, 4, 1972, pp. 5-63.

* James F. Gimpel, "Blocks -- A new datatype for SNOBOL4", Commun. ACM, 15, 1972, pp. 438-477.

* Eberhard Wegner, "Tree-structured programs", ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 7, #12, Dec. 1972, pp. 40-42.
Incomprehensible proposal for a control structure which combines selection and repetition. Is there a rewrite of this? No.

* D.A. Fisher, "A survey of control structures in programming languages", SIGPLAN Notices, 7, #11, Nov. 1972, pp. 1-13.

* Edsger W. Dijkstra, "The humble programmer", Commun. ACM, 15, #10, Oct. 1972, pp. 859-866.
After a historical introduction (1952-1972) the author starts identifying problems with the state of affairs in programming, and interlaces the text with several quotables. The power and complexity of third generation machines is the main culprit. The presence of multiple registers has set back the progress of computer science by at least ten years, since they force early binding. "Saying that 3rd generation machines are not bad because there are so many of them is like saying that smoking is not bad because so many people do it." Hardware has many times more influence than is commonly assumed.
Next the author examines important software developments: EDSAC, which gave us the notion of a subroutine; FORTRAN, which was a successful coding technique, but should be soonest forgotten since it has few aids to conceptualization; LISP, which has allowed us to think previously unthinkable thoughts; ALGOL 60, which came with BNF, which in turn allowed ALGOL to have a much too baroque syntax; and finally PL/I, a language of frightening complexity. "Where FORTRAN is an infantile disorder, PL/I is a fatal disease."
Then the author turns to predicting the future: before 1980 we will be able to create almost bug-free systems at the cost of a few percent of today. His arguments are: desirability, economic necessity, and technical feasibility, the latter resting on a number of observations and desiderata. Proofs and programs should be built hand in hand. Programmers need to be modest and to consider intellectually manageable programs only, programs that allow a factored solution; the intellectual effort to manage such programs grows linearly rather than quadratically with their lengths. This limitation is actually a source of strength, since it forces programmers to consider the simplest of solutions only and to keep the interfaces clean. Very systematic and very modest programming languages have the future (the author seems to refer to functional languages).
Gripes: high-energy physics departments dictate the computers to be used by everybody; teaching good programmer practices might help specifically those already able, thus magnifying the difference in intelligence, which may not be politically acceptable.

* H.F. Ledgard, "Ten mini-languages", Computing Surv., 3, #2, Sept. 1971, pp. ??-??.

* Jean E. Sammet, "Programming Languages: History and Fundamentals", Series in Automatic Computation, Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, N.J., 1969, pp. 785.
Extensive and still readable. Structured by language goals, numerical and scientific, business data processing, string manipulation, etc. Covers principles with examples in zillions of languages. Sample programs in more than 30 languages, most of them deader than Sanskrit.

* Edsger W. Dijkstra, "Go To statement considered harmful", Commun. ACM, 11, #3, pp. 147-148. March 1968,

* E.W. Dijkstra, "Recursive programming", in Programming Systems and Languages, ed. by S. Rosen, Ed., McGraw-Hill, New York, 1967,

* Richard M. Karp, Raymond E. Miller, "Properties of a model for parallel computations: Determinacy, termination and queueing", SIAM J. Appl. Math., 14, #6, pp. 1390-1411. Nov. 1966,
Graph-theoretical model of parallel computations. Discusses termination, efficiency and queue length in mathematical terms.

* Corrado Boehm, Guiseppe Jacopini, "Flow diagrams, Turing Machines and languages with only two formation rules", Commun. ACM, 9, #5, May 1966, pp. 366-371.

* P.J. Landin, "The next 700 programming languages", Commun. ACM, 9, #3, pp. 157-166. March 1966,
Very modern paper about functional languages. Includes discussion by Naur, Floyd, Strachey et al.

* Ivan Edward Sutherland, "Sketchpad -- A Man-Machine Graphical Communication System", Outstanding dissertations in the computer sciences, Garland Publ., New York, 1963, copy 1980, pp. 176.

* Robert W. Floyd, "The syntax of programming languages -- A survey", IEEE Trans. Electronic Comput., EC-13, 1964, pp. 346-353.
Early analysis of the advantages of and problems with the use of grammars for the specification of programming languages. Contains a bibliography of almost 100 entries.

* Donald E. Knuth, L.L. Bumgarner, D.E. Hamilton, P.Z. Ingerman, M.P. Lietzke, J.N. Merner, D.T. Ross, "A proposal for input-output conventions in ALGOL 60", Commun. ACM, 7, #5, pp. 273-283. May 1964,
Proposal for a standard for input-output conventions in ALGOL 60. Based on formats to format single items, list procedures to handle multple items with a single format, and exception routines to handle all kinds of overflows.

* M. Klerer, J. May, "An experiment in a user-oriented computer system", Commun. ACM, 7, #5, May 1964, pp. ??-??.
[experiment in two-dimensional languages

* A.J. Perlis, "A format language", Commun. ACM, 7, #2, pp. 89-97. Feb. 1964,
Detailed description of same, to be interspersed with ALGOL 60 text.

* G.F. Rose, "An extension of ALGOL-like languages", Commun. ACM, 7, #2, pp. 52-61. Feb. 1964,

* J. H. Katz, W. C. McGee, "An Experiment in Non-Procedural Programming", in 1963 Proceedings of the Fall Joint Computer Conference, IEEE, Nov. 1963, pp. 14.
Motivated by the desire to produce machine-independent software, the author proposes to use the "Information Algebra" from the 1962 CODASYL report as a programming language. The language accepts points in a Cartesian data space as input, where the coordinates are defined as properties, with value ranges. The language supplies a sophisticated formalism to specify mappings from subsets of the data points onto other data spaces. Basically it is a functional language in the modern sense of the word.
This language is then used to specify a symbolic assembler for a subset of the IBM 704 family instructions. This specification is about a 100 lines long; it is quite unreadable, due to lack of symbolic names: properties and fields are addressed by indexes. It looks like a functional-language variant of Zuse's Plankalkül.
A compiler (called a "procedure writer") is described in outline; an interpreter is considered but deemed too slow. All in all, a very interesting paper that is quite ahead of its time.

* J.W. Backus, "The syntax and semantics of the proposed international algebraic language of the Zurich ACM-GAMM Conference", in International Conference on Information Processing, UNESCO, June 1959, pp. 125-132.
Preliminary version of the Algol 60 report, with some discussion. Jan V. Garwick proposes a for-all statement, L. Nolin proposes built-in functions for numerical problems: finding the minimum, testing the existence of a solution and yielding any solution. The language is still called IAL. The abstract is in English, French, German, and Russian(!).