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Lecture Notes for Com Sci 221, Programming Languages

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In addition to my standard copyright statement, please note that many of the ideas in these lecture notes are taken from the textbook, Programming Languages: Concepts and Constructs, by Ravi Sethi.

Last modified: Tue Mar 28 21:36:54 1995

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Table of Contents

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The lectures

  • Introduction
  • Basic definitions regarding computers and programming languages (Read 1.1-1.3 of the text)
  • Basic structural concepts in programming languages (Read 1.4 of the text)
  • Specifying programming language syntax (Read 1.5-1.6 and 10.1-10.2 of the text)
  • Evaluating expressions (Read 2.1-2.5 of the text; 11.1 is related optional reading)
  • Conventional programming languages based on assignment commands (Read 3.1-3.3, 3.5-3.6 of the text)
  • Datatypes (Read 2.7, 3.4, 3.7-3.8, 4.7-4.8)
  • Procedure activations (Read 4.1-4.6)
  • Functional programming (Read 7.1-7.4, 7.7; Chapter 11 is related optional reading)
  • Polymorphic typing (Read 7.5; Chapter 12 is related optional reading)

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