Concepts of Programming Languages
Semester: Summer 2016

Course Information

  • Instructor: Hongwei Xi (email: hwxiATbuDOTedu)
  • Instructor's Office: MCS 287
  • Instructor's Office Hours: Tue: 2-3&5-6; Thu: 2-3; By appointment
  • Teaching Fellow:
  • TF Office Hours: Office hour: TBA
  • Grader: TBA
  • Syllabus: (pdf)
  • A week-by-week schedule
  • Lecture Times: MTWR 3:00-5:00pm
  • Classroom: EPC 201
  • Midterm1: Take-Home, Thursday, June 9, 2016
  • Midterm2: Take-Home, Thursday, June 23, 2016
  • Final: In-Class, Thursday, 30 June, 2016, from 3:00 to 5:00pm


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!


  • CS112 (CS Intro II) or equivalents.


Reference Books

Programming Languages

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


Class Calendar


    Midterm 1

    • A take-home exam on Thursday, June 9, 2016
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    Midterm 2

    • A take-home exam on Thursday, June 23, 2016.
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    Final Exam

    • A two-hour in-class exam from 3 to 5pm on Thursday, the 30th of June, 2016.


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