Programming Language Semantics

Authored by: David A. Schmidt

Computing Handbook

Print publication date:  May  2014
Online publication date:  May  2014

Print ISBN: 9781439898529
eBook ISBN: 9781439898536
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A programming language possesses syntax and semantics. Syntax refers to the spelling of the language’s programs, and semantics refers to the meanings of the programs. A language’s syntax is formalized by a grammar or syntax chart; such formalizations are found in the back of language manuals. A language’s semantics should be formalized, too, and this is the topic of this chapter.

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