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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

KR

Mar 23, 2018

I'm a pretty experienced C/C++ programmer and this course has been a brilliant introduction into functional programming and the underlying philosophies underpinning programming languages in general.

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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 09, 2017

这一部分果然比第一部分难,可是非常有意思。学到了很多有意思的东西。

By Hector L

Aug 13, 2017

interesting to program in racket

By Marek N

Jul 16, 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 16, 2017

诚意推荐此课程作业,完成之后继续诚意推荐SICP。 

By Devendra

Sep 04, 2017

Dan is an amazing teacher.

By Blaž P

Mar 10, 2020

Thank you prof.Grossman!

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 Wentao Y

Jun 09, 2017

Very good and useful!

By Meng L

Dec 29, 2016

wonderful experience

By Adetokunbo A

Jan 24, 2020

Excellent course!

By Jürgen B

Sep 01, 2019

Highly recommend.

By 郑

Dec 13, 2017

very good course!

By Wang G

Aug 13, 2019

Very good course

By Jin X

Sep 12, 2018

Dan is so cool!

By 张家培

Mar 16, 2017

interesting!!!!

By Shaohao Z

Sep 21, 2016

AMAZING COURSE!

By Dingze W

Jul 26, 2018

great course

By Fry

Sep 24, 2017

very good!!!