To provide a solid foundation for studying advanced topics in Programming Language Specification and Design.
Specifically, the student learning outcomes include:
This course introduces concepts related to the specification and design of high-level programming languages. It discusses different programming paradigms, algebraic specification and implementation of data types, and develops interpreters in Racket (Scheme) for specifying operationally various programming language features/constructs (spanning simple expression language to class-based object-oriented language). It also introduces attribute grammar framework that is convenient for automatic translation and axiomatic semantics formalism that assists in program verification. The programming assignments will be coded using Racket IDE.
The course load includes programming assignments, a
midterm exam, and a final exam.
In view of recent experiences with violations of academic integrity and
rampant plagiarism, I am instituting the following policy for this course.
(1) Programming assignments will be graded on Pass/Fail basis. You are required to obtain a pass on all the assignments.You may work in teams of two and share your work with each other to improve your understanding of the material. However, you are prohibited from sharing your code beyond your team or plagiarize from online sources.
(2) The exams will be closed notes and closed book. No cheat sheets will be allowed in the exam. Instead, the exam will provide helpful information and code snippets from the text book or course notes that are deemed necessary for answering questions.
(3) The students are prohibited from using any computer (e.g., laptop), calculator, or cell phone during the exam. These devices must be turned off and kept away during exams. Violation of this policy will result in failing the class. If you are expecting an emergency call, redirect them to call the Department at 937-775-5131, to reach you.
(4) Distance Learning section students should take both the midterm exam and the final exam in person. In all likelihood, the exams for all the sections will be conducted together and everyone will be graded on the same scale.
(6) Any academic impropriety during an exam (which includes copying from other students, or accessing resources using electronic devices which are prohibited, and passing it off as your own work) will have a minimum penalty of an 'F' grade, plus additional disciplinary action for unethical behavior. See http://www.wright.edu/students/judicial/integrity.html for details.
Tentatively, both the midterm exam and the final exam are expected to be weighted equally for determining the final grade. If this policy is modified for any reason, you will be informed about it in the class.
To pass the course, you must obtain a "P" in all the assignments and take both midterm and final exams. If you fail in any assignment, you will be forced to do substitute assignment and pass it. If you do not pass all the assignments, then you will receive an "I" (Incomplete) grade for the course, and you will be required to repeat the course the next time it is offered. Once you have passed all the assignments, the final letter grade will be determined solely based on the cumulative score on the midterm exam (e.g., 50%) and the final exam (e.g., 50%) using the following scale: A[90-100], B[80-90), C[70-80), D[60-70), and F[0-60). However, I reserve the right to adjust the scale somewhat to utilize the gaps in the distribution.
|Topics with links to Lecture Notes||Addl. Readings (EOPL-2nd ed)|
|Class 1||Evolution of Programming Languages||Turing Awards|
||Scheme Metalanguage; Recursive Definitions||Chap 1.1, 1.2|
||Abstract Data Types: Algebraic Specs||Chap 2|
||Abstract Syntax and its Representation||Chap 2|
||Interpreter for a Simple Expression Language||Chap 3|
||User-Defined Functions; Scoping||Chap 1.3, 3|
|Class 10||Implementing Recursion||Chap 3|
||Closures and Streams|
|Class 13||Imperative Programming : Assignment||Chap 3|
|Class 14||Interpreter for an Object-Oriented Language||Chap 5|
|Class 15||(oopl.ps) (oopl.pdf)|
|Class 16||Introduction to Attribute Grammars||
|Class 18||Introduction to Axiomatic Semantics|
Case Studies: Specification of Java
Case Study: Design of multi-paradigm languages
|Final Exam (Dec 12, 12:30pm-2:30pm, 101 Fawcett)|