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About the Course

[As described below, this is Part B of a 3-part course. Participants should complete Part A first -- Part B "dives right in" and refers often to material from Part A.] This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of programming languages, with a strong emphasis on functional programming. The course uses the languages ML, Racket, and Ruby as vehicles for teaching the concepts, but the real intent is to teach enough about how any language “fits together” to make you more effective programming in any language -- and in learning new ones. This course is neither particularly theoretical nor just about programming specifics -- it will give you a framework for understanding how to use language constructs effectively and how to design correct and elegant programs. By using different languages, you will learn to think more deeply than in terms of the particular syntax of one language. The emphasis on functional programming is essential for learning how to write robust, reusable, composable, and elegant programs. Indeed, many of the most important ideas in modern languages have their roots in functional programming. Get ready to learn a fresh and beautiful way to look at software and how to have fun building it. The course assumes some prior experience with programming, as described in more detail in the first module of Part A. Part B assumes successful completion of Part A. The course is divided into three Coursera courses: Part A, Part B, and Part C. As explained in more detail in the first module of Part A, the overall course is a substantial amount of challenging material, so the three-part format provides two intermediate milestones and opportunities for a pause before continuing. The three parts are designed to be completed in order and set up to motivate you to continue through to the end of Part C. Week 1 of Part A has a more detailed list of topics for all three parts of the course, but it is expected that most course participants will not (yet!) know what all these topics mean....

Top reviews

Mar 18, 2018

This course (as Part A and C) is great - Dan is great in teaching and the content is perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about programming languages!\n\nWarning - you might end up loving FP :)

Mar 23, 2018

Great course with really interesting and challenging assignments that allow to get more precise vision on programming languages (especially on PL's typing systems) and get experience with modern LISP

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By Nester P

Jun 4, 2017

This course expands on the concepts learnt from Part A.

By Denis K

Apr 12, 2018

A great course and It really complements well Part A.

By Eduardo C R

Dec 1, 2016

Incredible continuation of an already amazing course.

By Noah P

Sep 20, 2016

good course, writing an interpreter in racket was fun

By Ernesto G

Mar 28, 2019

Very good course for cementing programming concepts.

By Berin L

Jan 8, 2019

Has to be the best online course, I have ever taken.

By 朱凌凯

Apr 22, 2020

Very helpful course, help me learn a lot about CS

By Brian W

May 5, 2017

Not as good as part (a). But still a great class!

By Paul H

Sep 28, 2020

Excellent exposition, enriching assignments.

By Diego E H G

Sep 6, 2018

Very useful, and I will continue with part C

By rashid K

May 6, 2019

One of the best course in any MOOC format

By Remie C

Mar 18, 2020

So Great! I will keep learning the SICP!

By Abdelrhman A

Oct 3, 2020

very good but found week 6 hw very hard

By Tega E

Apr 26, 2019

Very taxing but very much worth it.

By Wu Z

Aug 18, 2019

this is really a rewarding course!

By Tian

Jun 18, 2017

great lecture for learning program

By replper

Mar 9, 2017


By Hector L

Aug 13, 2017

interesting to program in racket

By Marek N

Jul 15, 2017

I enjoyed (and learned) a lot!

By Maria L V

May 10, 2018

Learned a lot and enjoyed it!

By Jeff T

Mar 21, 2018

challenging, insightful, fun!

By Alexandr A

Sep 23, 2016

Perfect course series for me!

By Deleted A

Dec 28, 2017

awesome course that teach PL

By GoForce5500

Oct 15, 2017


By Devendra

Sep 4, 2017

Dan is an amazing teacher.