Hints on Programming Language Design
STANFORD UNIV CA DEPT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE
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The paper presents the view that a programming language is a tool which should assist the programmer in the most difficult aspects of his art, namely program design, documentation, and debugging. It discusses the objective criteria for evaluating a language design, and illustrates them by application to language features of both high level languages and machine code programming. It concludes with an annotated reading list, recommended for all intending language designers.
- Computer Programming and Software