Comparative Studies of Programming Languages
by Joey Paquet, Serguei A. Mokhov
Publisher: arXiv 2010
Number of pages: 66
Lecture notes for the Comparative Studies of Programming Languages course. These notes include a compiled book of primarily related articles from the Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia, as well as Comparative Programming Languages book and other resources.
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