Item description for Java and the Java Virtual Machine: Definition, Verification, Validation by Robert F. Stark, Egon Borger & Joachim Shmid...
This book provides a high-level description, together with a mathematical and an experimental analysis, of Java and of the Java Virtual Machine (JVM), including a standard compiler of Java programs to JVM code and the security critical bytecode verifier component of the JVM. The description is structured into language layers and machine components. It comes with a natural executable refinement (written in AsmGofer and provided on CD ROM) which can be used for testing code. The method developed for this purpose is based on Abstract State Machines (ASMs) and can be applied to other virtual machines and to other programming languages as well. The book is written for advanced students and for professionals and practitioners in research and development who need a complete and transparent definition and an executable model of the language and of the virtual machine underlying its intended implementation. The CD ROM contains the entire text of the book and numerous examples and exercises.
"The Jbook gives the most comprehensive and consistent formal account of the combination of Java and the JVM." (Pieter Hartel and Luc Moreau in Formalizing the Safety of Java, the Java Virtual Machine and Java Card, ACM Computing Surveys, 33(4):517-558, 2001. Section 6.2, page 540.)
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 6.75" Height: 9.75" Weight: 1.6 lbs.
Release Date Jun 27, 2001
ISBN 3540420886 ISBN13 9783540420880
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More About Robert F. Stark, Egon Borger & Joachim Shmid
Robert F. Stark currently resides in Zurich. Robert F. Stark was born in 1963 and has an academic affiliation as follows - ETH Zentrum.
Reviews - What do customers think about Java and the Java Virtual Machine: Definition, Verification, Validation?
These are REAL scientists, not IT guys... Dec 22, 2006
This is by far the most sophisticated software book since the Cold War. Without the Soviets to keep western engineers and scientists on their toes, IT is a alot of marketing buzzwords.
These are real scientists...a breath a fresh air.
Plainly Boring Jan 23, 2006
It just shows an implementation for an old Java specification (I think JDK1 or JDK1.1) in a weird language called ASM. This ASM is simply a glorified programming language, even not one of the most advanced: haskell, for instance, is much more clearer. You /could/ think about it as a model for java but then it would be useless because of its intricacies and its gigantic size.
rigorous, interesting examples, great software! May 21, 2004
this book is one of a kind, among all the java books on the market. it breaks the java language into 5 (progressive) layers, and gives the abstract syntax, static semantic (type constraints), dynamic semantic (interpretation), and complitation rules of each layer. This approach is effective, mathematically rigorous, and believe or not, fun to read!
as most of the PL books with formal flavor, the notations take some time to get use to. but the rewarding is worth the effort: you get a very clear picture of language itself. the examples are quite interesting, and the software on the CD does a superb job animating the intrepretation of java programs.
all in all, a very good (academic) book, perfect for computer scientists or CS major graduate student interested in PL, but probably not for everyday programmers.