BU CAS CS 320
Concepts of Programming Languages
Semester: Spring 2014

Course Information

  • Instructor: Hongwei Xi (email: hwxiATbuDOTedu)
  • Instructor's Office: MCS 287
  • Instructor's Office Hours: TR: 2-3; W: 1-3; by appointment
  • Teaching Fellow: TF's classpage (email: hwwuATbuDOTedu)
  • TF Office Hours: Wed from 3 to 5pm at PSY234.
  • Grader: TBA
  • Syllabus: (pdf)
  • A week-by-week schedule
  • Lecture Times: Tuesday and Thursday 12:30-2:00
  • Classroom: CAS 216
  • Midterm1: Take-Home, Thursday, March 6, 2014
  • Midterm2: Take-Home, Tuesday, April 15, 2014
  • Final: In-Class, Wednesday, 7 May, 2014, from 12:30 to 2:30PM

Overview

Concepts of Programming Languages is a course that introduces students to some fundamental concepts in programming language design and implementation. The primary goal is to allow students who complete this subject to have a good feel for the elements of style and aesthetics of programming and a good command of the major techniques for controlling complexity in programming.

ATS is a programming language that makes pervasive use of types in capturing programming invariants. We will be learning how datatypes in ATS can be used to conveniently model data structures and how pattern matching can be used to facilitate programming with datatypes. Also, we are to make extensive use of abstract types in the construction of (relatively) large and complex programs.

Ultimately, we would like to make a convincing argument that programming can be a great deal of fun if you do it the right way!

Prerequisites

  • CS112 (CS Intro II) or equivalents.

Textbook

Reference Books

Programming Languages

  • ATS (this mode may be helpful if you use emacs to edit ATS source code)

Notes

Class Calendar

    Assignments

    Midterm 1

    • A 1.5 hour in-class exam on Thursday, 6 March, 2014.
      Please find related files in this directory: midterm1

    Midterm 2

    • A 1.5 hour in-class exam on Tuesday, 15 April, 2014.
      Please find related files in this directory: midterm2

    Final Exam

    • A two-hour exam from 12:30 to 2:30pm on Wednesday, 7 May, 2014.

    Solutions

    This page is maintained by Hongwei Xi (email: hwxiATcsDOTbuDOTedu).