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CATALOG DESCRIPTION: This course introduces students to the key features of programming languages. Students implement a series of interpreters that nail down the precise details of how various aspects of programming languages behave. Students are assumed to understand trees and (mathematical) functions that process them; the course builds up to the features of real programming languages from there.
REQUIRED TEXT: Programming Languages: Application and Interpretation by Shriram Krishnamurthi
COURSE COORDINATOR: Robby Findler
PREREQUISITES: EECS 214, EECS 111
COURSE TOPICS: The course explores these aspects of a programming language (in this order):
- - Modeling programming languages
- - Arithmetic expressions & variables
- - Functions
- - Deferring substitution
- - First class functions
- - (implementing) Recursion
- - State
- - Garbage collection
- - Types
GRADES: Grades are based on weekly homework assignments.
EXAM: There is no exam in this course.
COURSE OBJECTIVES: Students that complete this course should:
- understand the basic semantic features of all call-by-value programming languages (which includes nearly all programming languages they will encounter),
- understand the pragmatics behind those features (when to use them and why),
- understand some of the more advanced features, when they are applicable, and when they are desireable,
- be able to maintain and extend an interpreter-based implementation of a programming language containing those features
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