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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

VA

Mar 19, 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 :)

AA

Mar 24, 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 Jeff T

Mar 21, 2018

challenging, insightful, fun!

By Yuji S

Sep 25, 2016

Great course! Learned more about PL, what is interpreter/ compiler language, what is statically typed/ dynamically typed. The homework is very rewarding! Looking forward to Part C.

By Lukáš H

Mar 20, 2018

Extremely enjoyable course! I wasn't exactly looking forward to using the Racket language --- I knew nothing about it, to be honest, but it really impressed me. A beautiful language. But the course is not really about the language used. It covers some interesting topics (delayed evaluation, streams, type systems) and contains two very nice homework assignments: the first is mostly focused on streams (which is actually quite a fun) and in the second one you implement an interpreter for a simple language that contains closures!

By Hector L

Aug 13, 2017

interesting to program in racket

By Vaidas A

Mar 19, 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!

Warning - you might end up loving FP :)

By Anton

Mar 24, 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

By 张家培

Mar 16, 2017

interesting!!!!

By Marek N

Jul 16, 2017

I enjoyed (and learned) a lot!

By Xiang-Yu G

Jul 27, 2017

The programming assignments are carefully designed such that without so much coding you can capture the essence of the idea. Highly recommend.

By Johnathan F

Jan 14, 2018

Courses I've taken on programming languages often focus on one language. You learn the different concepts for that one language but don't understand why the language chose those concepts and what the alternatives are. By covering three languages, this course integrates the concepts and their alternatives to give you a solid understanding of how languages work.

By Devin

Dec 07, 2017

Great!

By shengrang

Dec 19, 2016

nice

By Juspreet S

Feb 07, 2017

Awesome!

By 刘洋

Jul 02, 2017

非常好的课程,能够深入理解编程思想,值得学习~

By Tian

Jun 18, 2017

great lecture for learning program

By Krishna A

Jul 29, 2017

Excellent course, which continues where Part A left off. The use of Racket (dynamically typed) language, presents an interesting contrast with ML and drives home the point of some of the design decisions involved in language design. Thoroughly enjoyed implementing the sample interpreter.

By Deleted A

Oct 03, 2016

Great course on Racket. Fun writing your own interpreter.

By Nester P

Jun 04, 2017

This course expands on the concepts learnt from Part A.

By Fry

Sep 24, 2017

very good!!!

By Abhik K

Nov 02, 2016

Part B of a 3 part course. One of the best i have taken up on Coursera

By 彭福伟

Sep 28, 2016

wonderful

By Maria L V

May 10, 2018

Learned a lot and enjoyed it!

By Suvrat A

Sep 23, 2016

Dan Grossman is a really amazing teacher! Learnt a lot! :)

By Oleksandr O

Sep 17, 2017

I really enjoy the course and like how Dan explains everything. Very thoroughly and clear!

By dynasty919

Feb 22, 2018

great experience using racket writing a toy interpreter!