Programming language design and analysis

Fall semester 2016/2017. previous: Fall 2015
Instructor: Marius Minea,
Labs: Loránd Szakács

Course information

Lectures: Mon 18-20h, A 110
Lab: Tue, Wed 18-20h, B528b
Office hours: on request

Homeworks/lab/projects: 50%, Exam: 50%
Exam grades

Lecture notes

  1. Introduction. Functional Programming.
  2. Lambda Calculus.
    Principles of Programming Languages, Uday Reddy, U. Birmingham (handouts 1-4)
  3. Type systems.
    Readings: Luca Cardelli: Type Systems (p.1-7)
    L. Cardelli, P. Wegner. On Understanding Types, Data Abstraction, and Polymorphism (sec. 1-1.5, 2.1-2.2)
    Typed lambda calculus and type inference. lecture slides by Jeff Foster, U. of Maryland (slides 1-17, 37-48, 58-63)
  4. Continuations. slides, TU Darmstadt (w/o simulation of web programs, implementation of continuations) ML example for factorial
    Eager and lazy evaluation. sieve of Eratosthenes. See also streams as delayed lists (from Abelson and Sussman)
  5. Garbage collection. slides by Vladimir Shmatikov, U. Texas, Ina Schaefer, U. Kaiserslautern
  6. The Java virtual machine slides from Aarhus University
  7. Dynamic compilation slides by Michael Hind (IBM) (w/o details of particular JVMs for sec. 3 and 4)
  8. Language support for concurrency.
    Concurrency in other languages (I. Stark, Edinburgh)
    Synchronization without locks (sec. 1 and 2)
  9. Logic programming. Prolog basics
    Constraint logic programming. CLP in ECLiPSE (Ch. 4, Improved reasoning in Ch. 5)
  10. Evolution of Generics in Java. Reading: Bruce, Odersky, Wadler: A Statically Safe Alternative to Virtual Types, ECCOP 1998 PDF. See sec. 2, 3 (strengths of parametric and virtual types).
    Scala type system slides by Heather Miller
  11. Monads. See tutorials by Mike Vanier part 1, 2, 3 (you can skip the derivations), 4, 5
    A shorter version here (Stephen Diehl) (up to incl. 'What's the point?')
  12. Static vs. dynamic typing. Reading: E. Meijer, P. Drayton. Static Typing Where Possible, Dynamic Typing When Needed PDF
  13. Interfacing different languages


Master page


  1. Homework 1
  2. Homework 2
  3. Homework 3



Online Courses

Martin Odersky. Functional Programming Principles in Scala


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