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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 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


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 :)

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By Adel F

Oct 11, 2020

The assignment is a bit hard but worthwhile if you manage to finish it

By Abhik K

Nov 2, 2016

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

By Shiyang L

Jan 14, 2017

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

By Ling J

Apr 18, 2018

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

By Xusheng Z

Apr 25, 2021

Great Course.

The interpreter homework is challenging and rewarding.

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 9, 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 2, 2016

Great course on Racket. Fun writing your own interpreter.

By Andrew 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 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 Ernst 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 George Z

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 Sam R

May 24, 2021

Fantastic course - it's real computer science

By Paul H

Sep 28, 2020

Excellent exposition, enriching assignments.