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Author Raphael, Bertram
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Language English
Abstract In this paper the major components of every programming language are identified as: (1) the elementary program statement, (2) mechanisms for linking elementary statements together, (3) the means by which a program can obtain data inputs. Several alternative forms of each of these components are also described, compared and evaluated. Many examples, frequently from list processing languages, illustrate the forms described.The advantages, disadvantages and factors influencing the choice of a form of component for a language are discussed, and the paper concludes with the suggestion that programming languages evolve toward one which will permit all the most convenient ways of structuring programs, organizing systems and referencing data.
Description Affiliation: Stanford Research Institute, Menlo Park, CA (Raphael, Bertram)
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2005-08-01
Publisher Place New York
Journal Communications of the ACM (CACM)
Volume Number 9
Issue Number 2
Page Count 5
Starting Page 67
Ending Page 71


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Source: ACM Digital Library