Masterminds of Programming: Conversations with the Creators of Major Programming Languages

Biancuzzi, Federico; Warden, Shane
O'Reilly 2009
ISBN 978-0-596-51517-1
457pp
Date finished: 2010-01-14

An enjoyable collection of interviews with programming language designers, ranging from the engineering-type (Wall, van Rossum, Stroustrup, Gosling) to the academic (Robin Milner of ML, Bertrand Meyer of Eiffel). The two longest chapters in the book are on awk, which set the Unix prototype of little languages, and UML; these chapters are so long largely because they have three interviewees to cover. Some creators are very boring or far out of touch with the current software field, but there were a number of surprisingly intriguing discussions; Tom Love on Objective-C and Bertrand Meyer on Eiffel were both very good, and I also liked Geschke and Warnock on PostScript, and James Rumbaugh's cynical reaction to the UML 2.0 standardization effort. If you're interested in programming languages and their history, it's certainly worth rambling through this book.

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%S Conversations with the Creators of Major Programming Languages
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%A Warden, Shane
%K programming languages
%I O'Reilly
%G ISBN 978-0-596-51517-1
%@ 2010-01-14
%D 2009
%P 457pp

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