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A path to enlightenment in Programming Language Theory

This project is maintained by Steven Shaw

Programming Language Theory

Finding a path to enlightenment in Programming Language Theory can be a tough one, particularly for programming practitioners who didn’t learn it at school. This resource is here to help. Please feel free to ping me or send pull requests if you have ideas for improvement.

Note that I’ve attempted to order the books in order of most “tackleable”. So the idea is to read books from top to bottom. As always, it depends on your background and inclinations. It would be nice to provide multiple paths through this material for folks with different backgrounds and even folks with different goals. However, for now, it is what it is.

Mathematical Literacy

Algebra

Type Theory

For a quick course in Type Theory, Philip Wadler recommends: Types and Programming Languages, Proofs and Types, followed by Advanced Topics in Types and Programming Languages.

Books

Papers

Videos

Subtopics

Programming Languages

Books

  • DCPL - Design Concepts in Programming Languages – Franklyn Turbak and David Gifford, 2008
  • CTM - Concepts, Techniques and Models of Computer Programming, Peter Van Roy and Seif Haridi
  • EOPL - Essentials of Programming Languages, 3rd Edition - Daniel P. Friedman
  • PLAI-2nd - Programming Languages: Application and Interpretation - Shriram Krishnamurthi course with videos PLAI-1st
  • PAIP Paradigms of Artificial Intelligence Programming: Case Studies in Common Lisp - Peter Norvig, 1992
  • PLP Programming Language Pragmatics - Michael L. Scott

Papers

Compiler Construction

Books

  • MinCaml - A Crash Course for the MinCaml Compiler
  • MCIiML Modern Compiler Implementation in ML - Andrew W. Appel
  • pj-lester-book Implementing functional languages: a tutorial - Simon Peyton Jones and David Lester, 1992
  • slpj-book-1987 - The Implementation of Functional Programming Languages - Simon Peyton Jones - 1987
  • MCD-2e Modern Compiler Design, Second Edition — Dick Grune et al.
  • EaC-2e Engineering a Compiler, 2nd Edition, Cooper and Torczon
  • Compiler Construction, Niklaus Wirth
  • DragonBook - “The Dragon Book” Compilers: Principles, Techniques, and Tools
  • LiSP - Lisp in Small Pieces - Christian Queinnec
  • CwC Compiling with Continuations - Andrew W. Appel
  • List of compiler books at the GCC Wiki

Papers

Videos

Runtime systems

Books

Papers

Functional Programming

Books

  • Bird and Wadler - Introduction to Functional Programming, 1st Edition - Bird and Wadler
  • AoP - The Algebra of Programming - Richard Bird, Oege de Moor
  • Programming in Haskell — Graham Hutton (2007)
  • RWH - Real World Haskell - Bryan O’Sullivan, Don Stewart, and John Goerzen
  • FPiS - Functional Programming in Scala - Paul Chiusano and Rúnar Bjarnason
  • SICP, Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, by Abelson, Sussman, and Sussman
  • PCPH - Parallel and Concurrent Programming in Haskell - Simon Marlow
  • RWOC - Real World OCaml - Jason Hickey, Anil Madhavapeddy, and Yaron Minsky
  • Developing Applications With OCaml — Emmanuel Chailloux, Pascal Manoury and Bruno Pagano (2000)
  • BTLS - The Little Schemer - Daniel P. Friedman, Matthias Felleisen
  • BTSS - The Seasoned Schemer - Daniel P. Friedman, Matthias Felleisen
  • BTML - The Little MLer - Matthias Felleisen, Daniel P. Friedman
  • HTDP - How to Design Programs - Matthias Felleisen, Robert Findler, Matthew Flatt, Shriram Krishnamurthi
  • HR - The Haskell Road to Logic, Maths and Programming - 2nd Ed. - Kees Doets, Jan van Eijck pdf
  • A Book of Abstract Algebra - 2nd Ed. - Charles C. Pinter booko
  • Purely Functional Data Structures - Chris Okasaki phd-thesis in pdf paperback@booko More purely functional data structures

Papers

Videos

Category Theory

Philip Wadler’s advice here is “read Pierce for motivation, Mac Lane for the presentation of the maths”.

Books

Subtopics

Other collections