Credit Hours: 4 for undergraduates (CS410), 3 for graduates (CS510)
Professors Tim Sheard & Andrew Black
This course exposes students to the depth and breadth of modern programming practice, with the goal of making students better programmers. This course is not a package tour of programming languages, but an in-depth programming course that teaches students how to use functional and object-oriented programming techniques effectively.
Many of the same concepts and principles apply to both the object-oriented and the functional paradigms, and are indeed fundamental to the activity of programming. These include parametrization, the use of Closures, Polymorphism, Overloading (viewed as implicit parameterization), Types, Recursion in Data Structures, Inheritance, and Compositionality. Underlying all of these concepts is the recognition that the programmer's chief task is to master complexity, and to use their chosen programming language to communicate to the programmers who come after them how they have done so.
Students should have some experience programming in both the functional style, in a language like LISP, ML, or Haskell, and in the Object-oriented style, in a language like C++, Java or Smalltalk.
After completion of the couse, students will be able to:
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A programming assignment will be given each week. Students will be expected to complete the assignments and discuss and defend their code in class.
Assignments are described on the Samla site for this course, which is also where they should be submitted.