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Action Semantics

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Part of Cambridge Tracts in Theoretical Computer Science

  • Date Published: February 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521619332

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  • Action Semantics is a novel approach to the formal description of programming languages. Its abstractness is at an intermediate level, between that of denotational and operational semantics. Action Semantics has considerable pragmatic advantages over all previous approaches, in its comprehensibility and accessibility, and especially in the usefulness of its semantic descriptions of realistic programming languages. In this volume, Dr Peter Mosses gives a thorough introduction to action semantics, and provides substantial illustrations of its use. Graduates of computer science or maths who have an interest in the semantics of programming languages will find Action Semantics a most helpful book.

    • Author has long teaching experience in this area
    • The book is class-tested; it has grown out of courses given by the author
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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521619332
    • length: 396 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 188 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Language Descriptions:
    1. Motivation
    2. Concepts
    3. Formalities
    Part II. Action Notation:
    4. Basic
    5. Data
    6. Functional
    7. Declarative
    8. Imperative
    9. Reflective
    10. Communicative
    Part III. Action Semantic Descriptions:
    11. Statements
    12. Literals
    13. Expressions
    14. Declarations
    15. Variables
    16. Subprogramming
    17. Tasks
    Part IV. Conclusion:
    18. Other frameworks
    19. Development
    Symbol Index
    Concept Index.

  • Author

    Peter D. Mosses, Aarhus Universitet, Denmark

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