Comparative Metric Semantics of Programming Languages: Nondeterminism and Recursion - Progress in Theoretical Computer Science (Paperback)
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Comparative Metric Semantics of Programming Languages: Nondeterminism and Recursion - Progress in Theoretical Computer Science (Paperback)

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During the last three decades several different styles of semantics for program- ming languages have been developed. This book compares two of them: the operational and the denotational approach. On the basis of several exam- ples we show how to define operational and denotational semantic models for programming languages. Furthermore, we introduce a general technique for comparing various semantic models for a given language. We focus on different degrees of nondeterminism in programming lan- guages. Nondeterminism arises naturally in concurrent languages. It is also an important concept in specification languages. In the examples discussed, the degree of non determinism ranges from a choice between two alternatives to a choice between a collection of alternatives indexed by a closed interval of the real numbers. The former arises in a language with nondeterministic choices. A real time language with dense choices gives rise to the latter. We also consider the nondeterministic random assignment and parallel composition, both couched in a simple language. Besides non determinism our four example languages contain some form of recursion, a key ingredient of programming languages.

Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
ISBN: 9781461286806
Number of pages: 220
Weight: 375 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 13 mm
Edition: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 199

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