Chapter 1. Preliminaries. Chapter 1 Topics. Reasons for Studying Concepts of Programming Languages Programming Domains Language Evaluation Criteria Influences on Language Design Language Categories Language Design Trade-Offs Implementation Methods Programming Environments.
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Should be considered in the context of the target problem domain of a language.
A program is reliable if it performs to its specifications under all conditions.
The operating system and language implementation are layered over
Machine interface of a computer
Most user-programs require programs from operating system or different libraries to be executed.
initialize the program counter
fetch the instruction pointed by the counter
increment the counter
decode the instruction
execute the instruction