In Chapter one, the basic notations to describe the syntax of a programming language have been introduced. Since a programming language is a formal language with a relatively small number of rules describing its form (the syntax), it is not very difficult to find a formalism which allows to describe the syntax of the language. Such a description is given by BNF or syntax diagrams, for example. Describing the form of language constructs is much easier than describing their meaning — we are faced with similar problems as when considering one of Picasso’s paintings, for example.


Programming Language Operational Semantic Code Fragment Abstract Machine Denotational Semantic 
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© Springer-Verlag/Wien 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernd Teufel
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  1. 1.FAW Ulm, Bereich BüroautomationFederal Republic of Germany

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