BU CAS CS 320
Concepts of Programming Languages
Semester: Spring 2016

Course Information

  • Instructor: Hongwei Xi (email: hwxiATbuDOTedu)
  • Instructor's Office: MCS 287
  • Instructor's Office Hours: Tue: 2-3; Wed: 1-3; By appointment
  • Teaching Fellow: Hanwen Wu (email: hwwuATbuDOTedu)
  • TF Office Hours: Monday: 11-12; Thursday: 2-3; By appointment
  • Grader: TBA
  • Syllabus: (pdf)
  • A week-by-week schedule
  • Lecture Times: TR: 12:30-2:00pm
  • Classroom: STH B19
  • Midterm1: Take-Home, Thursday, March 3, 2016
  • Midterm2: Take-Home, Tuesday, the 19th of April, 2016
  • Final: In-Class, 12:30-2:30pm on Tuesday, the third of May, 2016

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

    • Assignment #0: Due Tuesday, the 26th of January, 2016

      Links: Assignment #0

    • Assignment #1: Due Tuesday, the 26th of January, 2016

      Links: Assignment #1

    • Assignment #2: Due Wednesday, the 3rd of February, 2016

      Links: Assignment #2

    • Assignment #2-2: Due Wednesday, the 3rd of February, 2016

      Links: Assignment #2-2

    • Assignment #3: Due Wednesday, the 10th of February, 2016

      Links: Assignment #3

    • Assignment #4: Due Wednesday, the 17th of February, 2016

      Links: Assignment #4

    • Assignment #4-2: Due Wednesday, the 17th of February, 2016

      Links: Assignment #4-2

    Midterm 1

      Midterm 2

        Final Exam

        • A two-hour in-class exam

        Solutions

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