Okay, another question, as I’m confused on this one.
4. From the standpoint of theoretical computer science, what is an abstract language composed of?
In class, he mentioned the “prehistory” of programming languages and stated that abstract languages and machines were based on mathematic principles and that they provided the basis for physical machines.
But then he also talked about a progression of abstraction in languages, from machine languages to high-level languages to object-oriented languages, which he referred to as being the most abstract.
So is an abstract language one based on mathematic principles? I’m not sure. It seems that way, but I’m confused and there’s not the first word about that in the textbook.