CS 7100 Advanced Programming Languages

  • Instructor: T. K. Prasad
  • Phone No.: (937)-775-5109
  • Email: t.k.prasad@wright.edu
  • Home Page: http://cecs.wright.edu/~tkprasad
  • Semester: Fall, 2023
  • Class Hrs / Location:  9:30am-10:50am Tu Th / 144 Russ Engr. 

  • (WebEx recorded lectures will be available via CS7100 course web page on Pilot. 
  • Midterm and  final exams will be conducted  in-person for uniformity and fairness.)

  • Office Hrs / Location:  11am - 12pm Tu Th / 395 Joshi Res.Ctr. (and if necessary by appointment)
  • Instructor/Class Communication: By Email (for personal matters)/Discord class account (for course related issues)
  • GTA/[Grader]: Nathaniel Crossman (crossman.4@wright.edu)/[TBA]

  • Course Objectives

    To provide a solid foundation for studying advanced topics in Programming Language Specification and Design.

    Specifically, the student learning outcomes include:

    Prerequisite CS 3180/5180 Comparative Languages

    Course Description

    This course introduces standard concepts related to the specification and design of high-level programming languages. It discusses different programming paradigms, algebraic specification and implementation of data types, abstract syntax trees, 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.

    Course Load

    The course load includes programming assignments, a midterm exam, and a final exam.

    (1) Programming assignments must be submitted but will not be scored/graded. You may work in teams of two/three and share your work with team members to improve your understanding of the material. Do not plagiarize from online sources. 
    (2) The exams will be conducted in-person in the class. No electronic device usage is allowed during the exams. The exams will provide helpful information and code snippets from the text book or course notes if necessary.
    (3) The entire class is expected to take the exams simulaneously though different versions of the same exam may be given to minimize cheating. (Exceptions may be made only under extraordinary circumstances such as a documented medical need or family emergency.) 
    (4) Any academic impropriety (which includes copying from other students or plagiarizing from online resources are prohibited) during an exam (or on a graded assigment) 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.


    1. Friedman, Wand and Haynes: Essentials of Programming Languages. 2nd (preferred) or 3rd Edition. MIT Press, 2001. ISBN 0-262-06217-8  (code.zip)
    2. R. Kent Dybvig: The Scheme Programming Language, 4th Edition. The MIT Press, 2009.
    1. Guttag, J.V., "Abstract Data Types and the Development of Data Structures,"  CACM, vol. 20, No. 6, June 1977, pp. 396-404.
    2. Chapter 1 of Guttag, J. V., et al, Larch: Languages and Tools for Formal Specification, Springer-Verlag, NY, 1993.
    3. H. Abelson and G. J. Sussman, Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, 2nd Ed., MIT Press, 1996.
    4. M. Felleisen, R. B. Findler, M. Flatt, and S. Krishnamurthi, How to Design Programs, 2nd Ed., MIT Press, 2018.
    5. Scheme : Language Reference Manual
    6. The Teaching About Programming Languages Project
    7. Racket Download Site (http://racket-lang.org/)
    8. K. Thirunarayan, G. Kniesel, and H. Hampapuram, Simulating Multiple Inheritance and Generics in Java, In : Computer Languages, Vol. 25(4), pp. 189-210, 2001.


    The final letter grade are normally determined based on the cumulative score on the midterm exam (weighted 50%) and the final exam (weighted 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 for a small class. For a large class such as yours, I will describe my approach to fitting a Gaussian in a separate email. 

    Applicable University Policy on Generative AI

    You are not permitted to use generative AI tools for any work for this course. This includes the use of popular tools like ChatGPT, Midjourney, GitHub Co-Pilot, as well as all other tools built on generative AI technologies. Due to the nature of this course, the professor can only fairly and accurately evaluate work that is not assisted by generative AI.  Use of generative AI for assigned work in this course will be considered a violation of the university’s academic integrity policies. In general, if you have any questions about whether or not use of a particular tool or technology is allowed, check with your instructor first. (Also note that the output generated by these tools can be invalid (due to hallucination) and you will not be able to detect it without first knowing what the "correct" answer is, which is what this course is trying to provide.)

    Tentative Syllabus, Class Schedule, and Linked Lecture Slide Decks

    Topics with links to Lecture Notes Addl. Readings (EOPL-2nd ed)
    Class 1 Evolution of Programming Languages Turing Awards
    Class 2 Why specify?

    Class 3
    Scheme Metalanguage; Recursive Definitions  Chap 1.1, 1.2
    Class 4
    Abstract Data Types: Algebraic Specs Chap 2
    Class 5
    Class 6
    Programming Paradigms
    Class 7
    Abstract Syntax and its Representation Chap 2
    Class 8
    Interpreter for a Simple Expression Language Chap 3
    Class 9
    User-Defined Functions; Scoping Chap 1.3, 3
    Class 10 Implementing Recursion Chap 3
    Class 11
    Closures and Streams
    Class 12
    Midterm Exam  ( October 10 : 9:30am - 10:50am) )
    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 17 (continue)
    Class 18 Introduction to Axiomatic Semantics
    Class 20

    Case Study: Specification of  COOL

    Class 21

    Class 22

    Case Studies: Specification of  Java

    (Old Course)
    Class 23

    Class 24

    Case Study: Design of multi-paradigm languages 

    Class 25

      FINAL EXAM: (December 5, 9:30am-10:50am)

    Assignments (Fall 2023)

    1. Assignment 1 . (asg1.ppt)

    2. Assignment 2 .

    3. Assignment 3 

    Lecture videos will be available on Pilot to all registered students.
    Lecture slide decks are linked to lecture schedule on this public page.

    Old Exams  (Spring 2011,  Spring 2014, Fall 2016)

    Additional details on grading, planned/unplanned absences, participation roster, etc will be communicated via email.
    So keep checking your emails regularly.