Indeed, Masterminds of Programming, edited by Federico Biancuzzi and Shane Warden, is a collection of exclusive interviews with the creators of many historic and highly influential programming languages. Through these conversations, you'll learn about the processes that led to specific design decisions, including the goals these creators had in mind, the trade-offs they had to make, and how their experiences shape our own with regard to programming today.
Within the book's covers, you'll find fascinating comments such as Bjarne Stoustrup remarking, "I have never seen a program that could be written better in C than in C++. I don't think such a program could exist."
Charles "Chuck" H. Moore, creator of Forth, notes, "I have very little faith in systems analysts who work top-down. They decide what the problem is and then they factor it in such a way that it can be very difficult to implement."
Larry Wall tells us, "Even in its current, partially implemented form, Perl 6 is already a spectacularly cool language in many people's opinion, and when it's done it will, hopefully, be both self-describing and self-parsing using highly derivable grammars, and thus optimized to evolve smoothly into any kind of a language we might want 20 years from now."
In addition to Stoustrup, Moore, and Wall, Masterminds of Programming includes interviews with:
In Masterminds of Programming, you will discover some of the thinking and steps needed to build a successful language, what makes it popular, and how to approach the current problems that its programmers are facing.
As Biancuzzi says, "If you are looking for inspiring thoughts regarding software and programming languages, you will need a highlighter, or maybe two, because I promise that you will find plenty of them throughout these pages."
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Federico Biancuzzi is a freelance interviewer. His interviews appeared on publications such as ONLamp.com, LinuxDevCenter.com, SecurityFocus.com, NewsForge.com, Linux.com, TheRegister.co.uk, ArsTechnica.com, the Polish print magazine BSD Magazine, and the Italian print magazine Linux&C.
Shane Warden manages Onyx Neon Press, an independent publisher. His areas of expertise include agile software development, language design, and virtual machines for dynamic languages. He is also a published novelist.
For more information about the book, including table of contents, index, author bios, and cover graphic, see: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596515171
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