Important message: all Tuesday due dates are moved to Thursdays!

Course Description: In this course we will study concepts and examples of programming languages with the goal of acquiring the tools necessary for critical evaluation and rapid mastery of programming languages and constructs.

TAs. Aditi Barua, abarua/miners… and Angel Garcia, afgarciacontreras/miners…
Their office hours are: Friday morning from 11am to 1pm for Angel in the research lab of the second floor, and Wednesday from 9am to 11am for Aditi, in room 3.1202F.

Textbook: It is very important that ALL students have their textbook from Day1 of the semester.

  • Robert W. Sebesta, “Concepts of Programming Languages”, 9th edition, Addison Wesley

Exams: 2 mid-term examinations and one comprehensive final exam; unannounced quizzes.

Midterms                                         15% each
Final exam                                        20%
Quizzes and homework                  22%
Projects                                       23%
Class participation                      5%


  • First examination: Tuesday February 28th.
  • Second examination: Thursday April 11th
  • Final examination (comprehensive): Thursday May, 10th from 1pm to 3:45pm.


  • Week 13:
    • The deadline for programming project 4 has been extended!
    • Extra-credit programming project will be available this week (due May 3rd)
    • Look at the homework assignment for week 14!
  • Week 3:
    • First programming assignment will be given in class on Tuesday and will be due by February 21!
  • Week 1: January 17th is our 1st day of classes!
    • COURI program for UnderGraduate Research:

WHAT TO EXPECT — some of this semester’s milestones:



  • Note: unless otherwise specified, homework will be due via email on Thursdays before the class starts
  • Week 15:
    • Reading assignment: Chapters 3 and 4
    • Homework assignment: Chapter 3 Problem set # 22.c, 23, 24, and 25.
  • Week 14:
    • Reading assignment: Chapter 3, Section 3.5 and Chapter 4.
    • Homework assignment (due Thursday): Chapter 3, problem set #6, 11, 15, 17, 19.
  • Week 13:
    • 2nd Exams back on Tuesday!
    • Please note that the deadline for PP4 has been extended (one more week to complete it!)
    • Extra-credit programming project given on Tuesday, due on May 3rd
    • Reading assignment: Chapter 16 (on logic programming); Section 3.5 of Chapter 3 (on semantics)
  • Week 12:
    • Review on Tuesday
    • SECOND EXAMINATION on Thursday: list of topics now available (see in your emails)
    • Homework assignment: Programming exercises 4, 5, and 6 of Chapter 5, due Thursday
  • Week 11:
    • Topic of the week: data types
    • Reading assignment: Chapter 6
    • Advice: start working now on the homework for next week!
  • Week 10:
    • Topic of the week: variables and binding
    • Reading assignment: Chapters 5 and 6
    • Assignment will be given in class and due Thursday March, 29th
    • QUIZ on Thursday!
  • Week 8:
    • Reading assignment: Chapter 15 on functional programming
  • Week 7:
    • Topics include: syntax (BNF, EBNF) and semantics (attribute grammars only), OOP, AOP
  • Week 6:
    • First programming project due on Tuesday Thursday February 21 23 (description)
    • Reading assignment: review all class notes, all chapters assigned so far. The first examination is around the corner: scheduled for February 28th!
  • Week 5:
  • Week 4:
  • Week 3:
  • Week 2:
    • Presentation about COURI, by Lourdes Echegoyen, on Tuesday, followed by a quiz
    • Read Chapters 1, 2, and 3 of textbook
  • Week 1:
    • Read Chapters 1, 2, and 3 of textbook (quiz on chapters 1 and 2 on Jan. 19)
    • For those of you who did not attend Monday’s session: Read, print, sign, and turn in the course syllabus

Note: More information (such as assignments, reminders for due dates, quizzes, exams) will be posted on this page as the semester goes.

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