CSC 295.03 2013S Roots of Professional Practice: A Philosophy of Unix : Handouts

Course Schedule

This handout is also available in PDF.

This is a tentative schedule.

  Date Topics
1 Tuesday, 22 January 2013 Introduction - What we'll do in this class. The basics of the Unix philosophy. Etc.
2 Tuesday, 29 January 2013 Some Sample Problems We explore a variety of approaches to a some problems in text and data processing.
3 Tuesday, 5 February 2013 Shell scripting, A Refresher - A reminder of the ways in which one typically interacts with Unix: Permissions, Directories, File types, etc.
4 Tuesday, 12 February 2013 No class. Sam out of town.
5 Tuesday, 19 February 2013 Basic Tools - tr, sed, grep
6 Tuesday, 26 February 2013 Automating Work with Make (1) - Recording complex commands. Simplifying complex commands. Dependency graphs. Variables.
7 Tuesday, 5 March 2013 No class. Sam out of town.
8 Tuesday, 12 March 2013 Compilation, Macros, and the C Preprocessor - Stages of compilation, revisited. Compiler flags. Constants.
Spring Break!
9 Tuesday, 2 April 2013 Automating Work with Make (2) - Generalized rules. Standard variables.
10 Tuesday, 9 April 2013 Unit Testing - An approach to procedure design. Why write tests first. Strategies for designing tests. An example: testing binary search. Testing vs. experimentation.
11 Tuesday, 16 April 2013 Debugging with GDB.
12 Tuesday, 23 April 2013 Miscellaneous C Topics. Valgrind. Function pointers. Signals.
13 Tuesday, 30 April 2013 Shell Scripting (1). Basics of shell scripting. Variables and functions.
14 Tuesday, 7 May 2013 Final class. - Debrief and wrap up.

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