CSCE 5450: Programming Languages - Fall 2014

Instructor: Paul Tarau, Professor - see my home page for contact info and office hours.

Final exam: Tue, Dec 9, 2:00pm

Teaching Assistant. Deepankar Mohapatra See his course page for contact info and office hours.
Lectures on Answer Set Programming during Sept 6-Sept 26 by Fahmida Hamid.

Midterm Exam: Tue Oct 21, Final Exam: TBD

Description and Objectives:

An advanced programming language course, with emphasis on programming paradigms and language processors - and some of their formal models like Predicate Logic  and Lambda Calculus and exhibiting actual implementations of key concepts (recursion, inheritance, unification, backtracking, type inference, infinite and  lazy data objects, threads, event-driven and concurrent/distributed programming). The course also provides a glimpse at salient features of  modern object oriented languages and an overview of language implementation techniques, run-time systems, garbage collection, interpreters, compilers with emphasis  on addressing and memory management in efficient procedural languages like C.

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Prerequisites: Data Structures

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1. Understand key concepts of programming languages, with emphasis on programming paradigms and language processors.                  

2. Have a practical understanding of commonalities and differences between major programming paradigms.     

3. Understand the key object oriented, logic and functional programming concepts.

4. Understand the key concepts of event driven and concurrent programming.      

5. Understand the use and implementation of modern programming language concepts like recursion, inheritance, reflection, unification, backtracking, type inference, infinite data objects, and threads.     

6. Have some familiarity with domain-specific languages with emphasis on Internet programming languages.