The “user-friendly” encyclopedia for any personal computer user. This is the one volume in print that offers an integrated, comprehensive, state-of-the-art approach to programming languages and operating systems. The Encyclopedia is an authoritative programming resource that gives functional and operating definitions of the statements, commands, and source codes in 19 programming languages, including: Ada, Algol, APL, Basic, C, COBOL, COMAL, dBASE, Forth, Fortran, LISP, Modula-2, Pascal, Pilot, PL/I, Prolog, RPG, SAM76, Smalltalk, VisiCalc.
In addition to explaining the strengths and weaknesses of each language in different applications, the book provides translation tables between languages and language dialects. With the information available in this volume, any personal computer user will be able not only to design and write programs, but also to translate programs between different machine dialects of the same language and to transfer programs from once machine to another.