CSCI400: Programming Languages


Cyndi Rader, , website:, office: Brown Building 280D

Where and When:

T/Th, 9:30-10:45, MZ 26

Office hours: T/Th, 8-9:15

Course Goals:

This purpose of this course is to consider in detail the main constructs of modern programming languages, including abstraction mechanisms, sequence control, data control and storage management. The course will include a brief introduction to functional and logic programming. We'll also discuss some pragmatics of programming as time allows.

Why study principles of programming languages?


Miran Lipovaca, Learn You a Haskell for Great Good, Required (pdf available)

Flanagan & Matsumoto, The Ruby Programming Language, Recommended

Robert Sebesta, concepts of Programming Languages, Recommended

Student Evaluation

Exams/Quizzes Assignments Participation
50% 45% 5%

Late Work and Grading Policy:

Late work is strongly discouraged. Late assignments will be penalized 10% per day and no assignments will be accepted more than 2 days late.

Programs submitted for grading must run. DO NOT SUBMIT A BUGGY PROGRAM THAT DOESN'T RUN! It is much better to submit a working program that only meets part of the requirements. You are strongly encouraged to ask for help via piazza! This is good experience, and will avoid receiving a 0 on homework assignments when you've put in lots of hours. If piazza posts don't provide sufficient help, I will also look at your program. Don't wait til the last minute, though.

Piazza "Rules of Engagement" (thanks Randy B.)

Online forums can be quite intimidating. I'd like to suggest these guidelines:

We will make use of piazza for this course:

Collaboration Policy for Programming Projects in CS Courses

The following policy exists for all CS courses in the EECS department. This policy is a minimum standard; your instructor may decide to augment this policy.

  1. If the project is an individual effort project, you are not allowed to give code you have developed to another student or use code provided by another student. If the project is a group project, you are only allowed to share code with your group members.
  2. You are encouraged to discuss programming projects with other students in the class, as long as the following rules are followed:
  3. Any material from any outside source such as books, projects, and in particular, from the Web, should be properly referenced and should only be used if specifically allowed for the assignment.
  4. To prevent unintended sharing, any code stored in a hosted repository (e.g., on github) must be private. For group projects, your team members may, of course, be collaborators.
  5. If you are aware of students violating any aspects of this policy, you are encouraged to inform the professor of the course. Violating this policy will be treated as an academic misconduct for all students involved. See the Student Handbook for details on academic dishonesty.