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Comments on "Language Design for Program Manipulation"
March 1994 (vol. 20 no. 3)
pp. 218-219

The paper by E.A.T. Merks et al. "Language design for program manipulation" identifies design principles for a procedural or object-oriented language whose programs will be easier to manipulate. However, it neglects to relate these design principles to existing, broader, design principles, and in some instances omits good examples of languages meeting their criteria. The author relates the new principles to more fundamental design principles, and provides the needed examples of languages meeting their criteria. Together these additions can better help designers of new programming languages that are amenable to manipulation.

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Index Terms:
object-oriented languages; programming; programming theory; language design; program manipulation; design principles; object-oriented language; new programming languages; procedural language; syntax; semantics
Citation:
W.G. Griswold, "Comments on "Language Design for Program Manipulation"," IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 218-219, March 1994, doi:10.1109/32.268924
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