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Fundamentals of Programming Languages


Dr. Lutz Hamel
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Siyi Li
Office hours: Tues/Thurs 11-noon, online, please email her in order to get a meeting link.


Language enables thought. In this course we study a class of formal languages known as programming languages. Similar to natural languages, these formal languages enable us to to reason about algorithms and procedures to solve computational problems on computers. However, their formal nature restricts the kind of meanings particular language constructs can assume and therefore makes them amenable for the execution on a computer.

Over the years many different programming language dialects have evolved to address particular technical issues, e.g. object-oriented languages, real-time languages, database query languages, logic languages, etc. Here we study the major structures of modern programming languages. Understanding not only the syntax of a language but also the semantics and implementation techniques of this language will allow you to design better programs. Having deeper insights into the design of a programming language will also enable you to learn new programming languages much faster. Having a thorough understanding of today's languages allows you to design the programming languages of tomorrow.


Upon completion of this course

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