Got myself an excellent book on the Art of Simplicity. Niklaus Wirth designed programming langauages like Pascal and sequels like Modula-2 and Oberon. His style and dedication to simplicity in a clear writing and presentation style made a great impression on me.
This book gives unique insights in what has happened and is still happening in the school of Niklaus Wirth. Excellent book!
From the Back Cover
Niklaus Wirth is one of the great pioneers of computer technology and winner of the ACM’s A.M. Turing Award, the most prestigious award in computer science. He has made substantial contributions to the development of programming languages, compiler construction, programming methodology, and hardware design. While working at ERH Zurich, he developed the languages Pascal and Modula-2. He also designed an early high performance workstation, the Personal Computer Lilith, and most recently the language and operating system Oberon.
While Wirth has often been praised for his excellent work as a language designer and engineer, he is also an outstanding educator – something for which he is not as well known. This book brings together prominent computer scientists to describe Wirth’s contributions to education. With the exception of some of his colleagues such as Professors Dijkstra, Hoare, and Rechenberg, all of the contributors to this book are students of Wirth. The essays provide a wide range of contemporary views on modern programming practice and also illuminate the one persistent and pervasive quality found in all his work: his unequivocal demand for simple solutions. The authors and editors hope to pass on their enthusiasm for simple engineering solutions along with their feeling for a man to whom they are all so indebted.
Editors: László Böszörményi, Jürg Gutknecht, Gustav Pomberger
- Part 1: Niklaus Wirth – a Pioneer of Computer Science Gustav Pomberger, Hanspeter Mossenbock, Peter Rechenberg
- Part 2: Niklaus Wirth and Edsger W. Dijkstra
- From Programming Language Design to Computer Construction, Niklaus Wirth (Turing Award)
- On the transitive closure of a wellfounded relation, Edsger W. Dijkstra
- Part 3: The Teachings of a Scholar as Told by his Pupils – Common Work in Retrospect
- Oberon – the Overlooked, Jewel Michael Franz
- Compiler Construction – The Art of Niklaus Wirth, Hanspeter Mossenbock
- Medos in Retrospect, Svend Erik Knudsen
- Lean Systems in an Intrinsically Complex World, Peter Schulthess
- Learning the Value of Simplicity, Stephen W. Gehring
- Part 4: New Ways in Education and Research
- Compiler Construction versus Lotus Notes: A Strange Battle, Jurg Gutknecht
- Modules and Components – Rivals or Partners, Clemens Szyperski
- A Compiler for the Java HotSpot Virtual Machine, Robert Griesemer, Srdjan Mitrovic
- Designing a Cluster Network, Hans Eberle
- Programming With Functional Nets, Martin Odersky
- Part 5: Mastering Simplicity – in the Industry
- Lilith meets the World of Business, Bernhard Wagner
- Chip Company that made $100M with MODULA-2, Robert Burton, Farrell Ostler, Thom Boyer, Fon Brown, Matt Morrise
- FFF97 – Oberon in the Real World, Dr. Josef Templ
- Part 6: The World According to Wirth – Personal, Anecdotal Reviews
- Serendipity, Kathleen Jensen
- Daily Life with N. Wirth,Jirka Hoppe
- Third Millennium Culture, Ann Dunki Authors and Editors