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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....

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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!

Warning - 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 Ivan T

Jun 24, 2017


By Gregory G

Jan 11, 2022

The MUPL exercise was hard. It involved writing a Racket interpreter for a made up programming language (MUPL).

By alfred

Jan 15, 2020

I think the course should be deeper and the assignment should be harder. Anyway, thanks for your effort!

By Atsushi

Jan 6, 2019

the course material was good! but the discussion forum was not so active.

By Deleted A

Oct 3, 2016

Excellent course material. Homework is a bit esoteric though.

By 刘长通

Sep 27, 2016

I learned a lot from this course, thank you.

By Wai K W

Jan 16, 2021

great course

By Venkatesh D

Feb 5, 2017


By Mark B

Jan 11, 2021

Showed a bit of Racket but could have done more. The ML part seemed to have more depth

By Naresh

Oct 15, 2020

i am not interested in this course i want unenroll this course

By jan s

Jan 14, 2019

unfortunately all the solutions for the homework are online.