Ask HN: Books that teach you programming languages via systems projects?

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  • Crafting Interpreters

    Repository for the book "Crafting Interpreters"

    It's possible to work through Bob Nystrom's Crafting Interpreters[1] using any language you want. On GitHub just search for "crafting interpreters"[2] and add a filter for the programming language you're interested in, and you'll find at least a couple repos for the entire book. There are over a dozen complete repos in Rust. Since everyone breaks out each chapter in a separate folder, it's easy to follow along with the book, even though the book's first interpreter is written in Java and the second compiler was written in C. I did this, it's basically how I learned Rust.

    [1] https://www.craftinginterpreters.com

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  • mal

    mal - Make a Lisp

    Concur with this recommendation. Coincidentally, I started this project just recently, having really enjoyed completing Make a Lisp [0] a couple of years ago, and now needing something to do while I recover from a medical condition. I'm really impressed with Nystrom's writing style and Interpreter development process.

    My long term goal - which should keep me going for ages - is to use something like Nystrom's byte-code virtual machine as a basis for having another go at MAL. I completed MAL using C#, and am currently using Visual Studio / C# to complete Nystrom's stuff (rather than the Java / C combo that he uses). But I'm just about to restart Nystrom using a different language (again, perhaps Rust) to give myself more of a challenge.

    [0] https://github.com/kanaka/mal/blob/master/process/guide.md

  • handsonscala

    Discussion and and code examples for the book Hands-on Scala Programming

  • project-based-learning

    Curated list of project-based tutorials

    https://github.com/practical-tutorials/project-based-learnin...

  • https://github.com/practical-tutorials/project-based-learnin...

  • project-based-tutorials-in-c

    Discontinued A curated list of project-based tutorials in C

    I was going to post that link. There also several language-specific lists like https://github.com/rby90/project-based-tutorials-in-c .

  • paip-lisp

    Lisp code for the textbook "Paradigms of Artificial Intelligence Programming"

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