This is an abbreviated course syllabus. Like everything else in this course, it is likely to change.
Weeks: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, break, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14.
|Week 1: A History of Programming Languages|
|(01) Monday, January 22, 2007
Introduction to the Course
What is a programming language? How should we study programming languages? Why study programming languages? Course details.
Assignments: Do Wednesday's readings. HW1: Intro Survey.
|(02) Wednesday, January 24, 2007
An Abbreviated History of Programming Languages
Some questions from the readings. Exercise: Dating key ideas. An abbreviated history of programming languages.
Reading: Byte Magazine: A Brief History of Programming Languages, Wikipedia: History of Programming Languages, and Jean Sammet - Programming Languages: History and Future
|(03) Friday, January 26, 2007
The Evolution of Some Key Language Features
The Story of Mel, a Real Programmer. Reading Ryder et al. Major Characteristics. Relating to Past Papers.
Assignments: Homework 2: Permutations.
Reading: Barbara Ryder et al. - The Impact of Software Engineering Research on Modern Programming Languages and Ed Nather - The Story of Mel, a Real Programmer
|Week 2: On the Design of Programming Languages|
|(04) Monday, January 29, 2007
Goto Considered Harmful
Context. Dijkstra's Famous Letter. Permutation with Repetitions.
Reading: Edsger W. Dijkstra - Goto Considered Harmful and P. Bratley - Algorithm 306: Permutation with Repetitions
|(05) Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Basics of Programming Language Design
Permutation with repetitions. Choosing a language. Key design criteria. Notes from the readings.
Reading: C.A.R. Hoare - Hints on Programming Language Design and Richard Gabriel - The End of History and the Last Programming Language
|(06) Friday, February 2, 2007
Hoare's Examples, Revisited
Examples from Hoare. Choosing a language. Key design criteria. More notes from the readings.
Due: Homework 2: Permutation with Repetitions. Assignments: Homework 3: Removing Recursion.
Reading: C.A.R. Hoare - Hints on Programming Language Design
|Week 3: Higher-Order Programming through Graphical Computation|
|(07) Monday, February 5, 2007
Getting Started with Script-Fu
About this week. Lab.
Reading: Samuel A. Rebelsky - Scripting the GIMP with Script-Fu
|(08) Wednesday, February 7, 2007
The basics of higher-order procedures. Lab.
Reading: Samuel A. Rebelsky - Higher-Order Graphics
|(09) Friday, February 9, 2007
Due:HW3. Assignments: HW4.
Reading: Samuel A. Rebelsky - Points, Lines, and Images
|Week 4: Detour: Some Notes on C Programming|
|(10) Monday, February 12, 2007
Notes on HW3
Testing and Loop Invariants. Citing Code. Segmenting Programs.
|(11) Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Macros and More
Background: Refactoring. A Domain: Quicksort. Macros: Basic Concepts. Enumerated Types. Macros: Some Hacks.
|(12) Friday, February 16, 2007
More C Stuff, Including a Bit on Make
Quicksort, continued. Representing points.
Due:HW4. Assignments: HW5.
|Week 5: LISP|
|(13) Monday, February 19, 2007
Why lists? Graham's differences. Other issues.
Reading: Paul Graham - The Revenge of the Nerds, Paul Graham - What Made Lisp Different, and John McCarthy - History of LISP
|(14) Wednesday, February 21, 2007
|(15) Friday, February 23, 2007
The Design of LISP
Summary of the Paper. S-Expressions, S-Functions, and M-Expressions. Eval. Other Topics.
Reading: John McCarthy - Recursive Functions of Symbolic Epxressions and Their Computation by Machine, Part I
|Week 6: Continuations|
|(16) Monday, February 26, 2007
Reading: Paul Graham - The Roots of LISP
|(17) Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Basics of Continuations. Some Examples. Some Applications of Continuations. Continaution-Passing Style.
Reading: Paul Graham - Scheme Continuations and R. Kent Dybvig - Continations and Continuation Passing Style
|(18) Friday, March 2, 2007
Continuations and Web Servers
Continuations and the Web. Sam's sample code. Applications of continuations, revisited. Continuation-Passing Style.
Reading: Christian Queinnec - The Influence of Browsers on Evaluators or, Continuations to Program Web Servers and Samuel Rebelsky - webcont.scm
|Week 7: Object-Oriented Programming|
|(19) Monday, March 5, 2007
Basics of Object-Oriented Programming
What is object-oriented programming? Three key issues: Encapsulation, Inheritance, Polymorphism. Why OOP? A biased history. Polymorphism vs. Overloading.
Reading: CS302 Students: Answers to Questions on Polymophism and Overloading
|(20) Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Growing a Language
Reading: Guy L. Steele, Jr.: Growing a Language
|(21) Friday, March 9, 2007
The Design of C++
Reading: Bjarne Stroustrup: The Design of C++
|Week 8: Introspection and Reflection in Java|
|(22) Monday, March 12, 2007
Introspection in Java
Introspection basics. A problem: Factory Methods. A problem: Dynamic Loading. A problem: Serializing. A problem: Profiling.
Reading: Sun Microsystems: Trail: The Reflection API
|(23) Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Anonymous Inner Classes
Anonymous values. Encapsulation and inner classes. Anonymous inner classes. Applications.
|(24) Friday, March 16, 2007
Limitations to Java's Strong Type Checking. A (Partial) Solution: Java Generics. Restricting Parameter Classes. Subtleties. Behind the Scenes.
Due: Mid-Semester Exam.
|Week 9: Discussion of Mid-Semester Examination|
|(25) Monday, April 2, 2007
Preliminary Discussion of Mid-Semester Examination
General Issues. Problem 1. Problem 2. Problem 3. Problem 4.
|(26) Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Continued Discussion of Mid-Semester Examination
What should we do? Problem 3, continued. Problem 4. Presentations (if time).
|(27) Friday, April 6, 2007
Mid-Semester Examination, Concluded
Problem 3, Concluded. Problem 4. Presentations.
|Week 10: Ruby - Another Approach to Object-Oriented Programming|
|(28) Monday, April 9, 2007
Rhetoric of Readings. Java Basics Reviews. New Ruby Features. Ruby Syntax.
Reading: whytheluckystiff - A Quick (and Hopefully Painless) Ride Through Ruby (with Cartoon Foxes); Marick - Chapter 1 of A Little Ruby, A Lot of Objects; and Marick - Chaper 2 of A Little Ruby, A Lot of Objects
|(29) Wednesday, April 11, 2007
|(30) Friday, April 13, 2007
About the Presentations. Rails. Convention and Introspection. Ruby vs. Java, Revisited.
Reading: Walton & Hibbs - Rolling with Ruby on Rails Revisited and Walton - Rolling with Ruby on Rails Revisited, Part 2
|Week 11: Types and Type Checking|
|(31) Monday, April 16, 2007
An Introduction to Types. Simple Data Types. Type Constructors.
|(32) Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Types, Revisited. Types as Sets. Lessons from CLU. References, Pointers, and Variables.
Reading: Barbara Liskov et al. - Abstraction Mechanisms in CLU
|(33) Friday, April 20, 2007
The CLU Reading. Cardelli and Wegner. Type Equivalence. Structural Equivalence, Revisited. Assignment Compatibility. Type Coercion. Design Issues.
Reading: Luca Cardelli & Peter Wegner: On Understanding Types
|Week 12: Declarative Languages: SQL and Relational Databases|
|(34) Monday, April 23, 2007
Language Paradigms, Revisited. Abstraction, Revisited. Common Categories of Declarative Languages. Predicate Logic Languages. Regular Expression Languages. Database Languages.
|(35) Wednesday, April 25, 2007
SQL (1): The Relational Model
Context. Codd's Contributions. Why Read This Paper? Thinking About Relations. Operations on Relations.
Reading: Codd - A Relational Model for Large Shared Data Banks
|(36) Friday, April 27, 2007
SQL (2): SEQUEL
Codd's Contributions. Why Read This Paper? Thinking About Relations. Operations on Relations. Relations as Programming Language. Describing a Language. What's Missing from SEQUEL?
Reading: Chamberlin and Boyce - SEQUEL: A Structured English Query Language
|Week 13: Student Presentations|
|(37) Monday, April 30, 2007
Presentations (1) - Garbage Collection
|(38) Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Presentations (2) - Prolog
|(39) Friday, May 4, 2007
Presentations (3) - Postscript
|Week 14: Wrapup|
|(40) Monday, May 7, 2007
Presentations (4) - Scripting Languages
|(41) Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Epigrams and Languages. Confusing Epigrams. Grouping Epigrams.
Reading: Alan J. Perlis: Epigrams on Programming
|(42) Friday, May 11, 2007
Evaluation and Wrapup
Grading. About the final. About the midsem. Wrapup. Evaluation forms.
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