CSC 533: Organization of Programming Languages
Fall 2000

12:30 - 1:45 TTh
411 Old Gymnasium

Dr. David Reed
215 Old Gymnasium        x2583

Office hours: M 1-4, TTh 2-4 or by appointment

Text: Programming Languages: Paradigm and Practice (2nd ed.), Appleby & VandeKopple, McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., 1997.

Course Description

This course will cover the concepts and practice of programming languages. The first part of the course will focus on general programming language concepts such as binding, type checking, and parameter passing. The implementation of these concepts in different languages will be examined, with special attention paid to C/C++ and Java. The second part of the course will focus on different programming paradigms: procedural, object-oriented, and functional programming. C++,Java,and JavaScript will be studied as hybrid languages, combining both procedural and object-oriented features with varying design goals. Scheme will be studied as an example of a completely different programming paradigm, one which focuses on functional composition as opposed to state transformation or object interaction.

The specific goals of this course are:

Required Work

There will be approximately eight homework assignments, most of which will involve programming. Assignments are due at the beginning of class on the date specified. Late assignments will receive 75% of full credit if they are handed in within one week of the specified due date. After one week, no credit will be given. In addition, there will be weekly quizzes, two 60-minute tests and a cumulative final exam.

Grades will be determined as follows:

homework assignments 40 %
weekly quizzes 05 %
two 60-minute tests 30 %
(cumulative) final exam 25 %

Policy on Collaboration

The college policy on cheating and plagiarism is spelled out in the Student Handbook. In addition to this, the following guidelines hold pertaining to programs. Programs are to be the sole work of the student -- collaboration on the design or coding of a program is not allowed. Students may seek debugging assistance or clarifications on assigments using the class mailing list ONLY.

Repeat: All student interactions regarding homework assignments must take place via the class mailing list!

Tentative Schedule

Aug 29
introduction, history,
design issues
Chapter 0 HW1: due 9/14
Sep 5, 7
syntax, BNF grammars,
Chapter 6
Sep 12, 14
variables, bindings,
scope and lifetime,
memory management,
run-time stack
Chapter 1 HW2: due 9/21
Sep 19, 21
Sep 26, 28
simple data types,
heap management
Chapter 2 HW3: due 10/5
Oct 3, 5
complex data types
Oct 10, 12
block structure
Chapter 3
Oct 24, 26
data abstraction,
objects in C++
Chapter 4 HW4: due 11/7
Oct 31, Nov 2
OOP in C++,
inheritance, late binding
Nov 7, 9
Nov 14, 16
OOP in Java,
Java vs. JavaScript
HW5: due 12/7
Nov 21
Nov 28, 30
functional programming,
Chapter 8 HW6: due 12/7
Dec 5, 7
Dec 12