Categories, Types, and Structures
by Andrea Asperti, Giuseppe Longo
Publisher: MIT Press 1991
Number of pages: 300
The main methodological connection between programming language theory and category theory is the fact that both theories are essentially "theories of functions." A crucial point, though, is that the categorical notion of morphism generalizes the set-theoretical description of function in a very broad sense, which provides a unified understanding of various aspects of the theory of programs. This book is mostly inspired by this specific methodological connection and its applications to the theory of programming languages. More precisely, as expressed by the subtitle, it aims at a self-contained introduction to general category theory (part I) and at a categorical understanding of the mathematical structures that constituted the theoretical background of relevant areas of language design (part II). The impact on functional programming, for example, of the mathematical tools described in part II, is well known, as it ranges from the early dialects of Lisp, to Edinburgh ML, to the current work in polymorphisms and modularity. Other applications, such as CAML, which will be described, use categorical formalization for the purposes of implementation.
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by Shriram Krishnamurthi - Brown University
Many people would regard this as being two books in one. One book is an introduction to programming, teaching you basic concepts of organizing data and the programs that operate over them. The other book is an introduction to programming languages.
by Joey Paquet, Serguei A. Mokhov - arXiv
Lecture notes for the Comparative Studies of Programming Languages course. These notes include a compiled book of primarily related articles from the Wikipedia, as well as Comparative Programming Languages book and other resources.
by J. Girard, Y. Lafont, P. Taylor - Cambridge University Press
This little book comes from a short graduate course on typed lambda-calculus given at the Universite Paris. It is not intended to be encyclopedic and the selection of topics was really quite haphazard. Some very basic knowledge of logic is needed.
This book is an attempt to describe a bit of the programming languages zoo. We use each of the particular languages to introduce fundamental notions related to the design and the implementation of general purpose programming languages.