Programming Languages and Translators
Class meets 2:40-3:55pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, 833 Mudd.
Guest LecturerOn March 30, 2015, Dr. Robert L. Martin gave a talk on software project management titled "There is No Magic" Bob argued that producing a high quality programming product on time requires the disciplined application of well-tuned technical, inter-personal and managerial skills. While often repackaged with fancy consultant-expensive names, these skills are decades old. Intriguingly, many programmers and programming teams ignore them and assume, by magic, they will avoid repeating history's disasters. They don't - there is no magic.
In PLT you will learn the syntactic
and semantic elements and the computational models of the most important modern
as well as the algorithms and techniques used
by compilers to translate them into machine and other
The course will cover imperative, object-oriented, functional,
logic and scripting languages, as well as trends in the evolution of programming languages.
A highlight of this course is a semester-long programming
project in which you will work in a small team to create
and implement an innovative little language of your own design.
This project will teach you computational thinking in language design as
well as project management, teamwork, and
communication skills that you can apply in all aspects of your
The concepts, techniques, and tools that you will learn in this course have broad application to many areas of computer science outside of programming languages and compilers.
|Fluency in C, C++, Java, OCaml, Python or other high-level programming language
|COMS W3157 Advanced Programming
|COMS W3261 Computer Science Theory
|COMS W3827 Fundamentals of Computer Systems
|Knowledge about Makefiles and Source Code Control Systems
Alfred V. Aho, Monica Lam, Ravi Sethi, and Jeffrey D. Ullman
Compilers: Principles, Techniques, and Tools, Second Edition
Addison-Wesley, 2007, ISBN 978-0321486813
Alfred V. Aho and Jeffrey D. Ullman
Foundations of Computer Science, C Edition
W. H. Freeman, 1995
An online version of this book is available here.
Andrew W. Appel
Modern Compiler Implementation in Java, Second Edition
Cambridge University Press, 2002
Keith D. Cooper and Linda Torczon
Engineering a Compiler, Second Edition
Morgan Kaufmann, 2012
Steven S. Muchnick
Advanced Compiler Design and Implementation
Morgan Kaufmann, 1997
Michael L. Scott
Programming Language Pragmatics, Third Edition
Morgan Kaufmann, 2009
Robert W. Sebesta
Concepts of Programming Languages, Tenth Edition
Stephen Edward's CS4115 Web Page
40 % Project
10 % Homeworks
20 % Midterm
30 % Final