What is a programming language? (45-minute lecture)
October 2015 (perspective of an assistant professor)
In this lecture, I give my personal definition of what a programming language consists of: specification, implementations, standard library, third-party libraries, run-time environment, and community.
To watch a shorter variant of this talk, see What is a programming language? A six-layer model.
What is a programming language?
I give my take on this question in a 45-minute guest lecture at an undergrad CS seminar at the University of Rochester. To me, a programming language consists of six parts:
Check out my talk below ...
Part 1. Specification
Part 2a. Implementations – Interpreter
Part 2b. Implementations – Compiler
Part 3. Standard library
Part 4. Third-party libraries
Part 5. Run-time environment
Part 6. Community
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Last modified: 2015-10-28