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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

AZ

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

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 :)

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By Jayadev

Oct 16, 2019

Better than the first one has we get more into the theory which is super useful!:)

Thanks Dan!

By Oleksandr O

Sep 17, 2017

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

By anton k

Jan 09, 2018

Very interesting and challenging course. One of the best courses on Cousera, for sure.

By lander

Sep 04, 2017

excellent! vey helpful for ungraduates and programmer! need time to understand truly.

By Yifeng M

Jul 13, 2017

One of the Best course I have ever taken. A great many of concrete examples. Thanks!

By Sonia R A

Aug 21, 2020

Great course, I have learned a lot. The assignments are challenging and rewarding.

By Cheng Z

Jun 03, 2017

It is great fun to learn Racket and use it to implement an interpreter for MUPL.

By Kevin Z

Aug 16, 2018

Amazing course!!! Excellent lecturer!! Really learn a lot of PL and Racket.

By Luis G

Dec 31, 2019

excellent. not much to add to what has already been said in other reviews.

By Abhik K

Nov 02, 2016

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

By Shiyang L

Jan 15, 2017

More difficult than part A but also more rewarding. Thanks Prof. Dan!

By ChristopherKing

Apr 18, 2018

One of the best course on coursera, every cs student should take it.

By ivan v

Oct 20, 2017

One of the best courses on the subject I ever had a chance to see.

By walker

Sep 11, 2016

I learn lots of important programming language concepts from here.

By Oleg K

Jan 15, 2019

Some tasks were very challenging but the course is really awesome

By Yuhang W

Mar 09, 2020

Learned a lot. Fall in love with PL because of this course!

By Tang H T

Jan 14, 2019

Dan is awesome! It is best to take part a to c in sequence

By Suvrat A

Sep 23, 2016

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

By Deleted A

Oct 03, 2016

Great course on Racket. Fun writing your own interpreter.

By Andrii D

Jan 26, 2019

Good course with interesting and challenging assignments

By dynasty919

Feb 22, 2018

great experience using racket writing a toy interpreter!

By 蔡小邦

Jul 19, 2017

Excellent course, hope to use Haskell language later.

By Nester P

Jun 04, 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 01, 2016

Incredible continuation of an already amazing course.