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About the Course

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. 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. The three parts are not quite equal in length: Part A is almost as substantial as Part B and Part C combined. 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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Dec 03, 2016

I'm just a beginner for CS or SE classes, and find this course really concise and challenging. It opens a door for me to get deeper into programming language. No wonder it got so high average score.


Mar 22, 2017

Great course!\n\nI think this course has just the right balance of theoretical background, formal definitions, and actual examples to make "just right".\n\nThanks Dan, and everybody else involved!

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By Marc

Jun 08, 2020

Great course !

I learned a lot !

By gavinlin

Aug 09, 2016

I learnt a lot from this course.

By alfred

Dec 15, 2019

I am proud to finishing Part A.

By Alessandro P P

Jun 04, 2018

Very good lectures! Thank you!!

By Li L

Sep 05, 2017

Perfect course! I learnt a lot!

By 苏港

Jun 15, 2017

great course for learning fp.

By Emanuele R

Sep 25, 2020

Absolutely worth the effort!

By Devendra

Jul 30, 2017

The instructor is uber cool!

By vishnu r

Sep 23, 2018

the class was simply superb

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By Q L

Apr 20, 2019

amazing course, I love it

By blader

Mar 13, 2017

the course is fascinating

By Gopal J

Apr 06, 2019

it`s a very good course.

By Грибовський В О

May 01, 2020

Very interesinfg course

By Yuhang W

Mar 14, 2020

I just LOVE this course

By Chenjun S

Jun 21, 2018

Dan is a great teacher!

By l1nxy

Apr 21, 2019

it's very great course

By Tso C F

Aug 20, 2018

learn real programming

By Suvrat A

Aug 30, 2016

The best MOOC ever! :)

By Walker

Aug 11, 2018


By Alex

Jan 21, 2017

It's really good!!!

By Tang

May 20, 2018

took it, worth it!

By Patricia E R R

May 08, 2017

I like this course

By Elioth F

Jul 16, 2020

Excellent course!