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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....

Top reviews

Dec 2, 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 4, 2018

Very interesting course! Superb teaching and homework assignments. If you are interested in functional programming or in programming languages in general, this should be one of the must take MOOCs

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By Eisenhower R G

Nov 28, 2017

my instructor is a great person and is a excelent teacher

By GoForce5500

Oct 15, 2017


By Yixin G

Jul 27, 2017

Very Good. I am very excited to learn the next two parts.

By Wang Y

Jul 13, 2017

I think it's the most useful and interesting course here.

By walker

Sep 4, 2016

I learn many important programming language concepts here

By Andy C

Aug 26, 2020

learn something more than what I expected from beginning

By Yicheng H

Aug 16, 2020

A very nice elementary course to functional programming!

By Erik D

Oct 4, 2018

A great course which shows functional concepts in depth.

By Vinay K G J

Jul 24, 2017

Very clearly explains the functional programming basics.

By mengmingliang

Jun 24, 2020

great course。functional programming is so interesting!

By KeyiDu

Feb 26, 2020

It is such a great course that offered in Mooc platform

By anton k

Jan 6, 2017

Most interesting and complex course I've ever attended.

By Raghu R

Apr 6, 2018

Great course... helps with building fundamentals of FP

By Luke L

Feb 14, 2017

An enjoyable course about programming language theory.

By Nhã H Đ

Jul 11, 2019

This course was excellent, exceeding my expectations.

By glagidse

Sep 2, 2017

Made me understand and appreciate lambdas much more.

By Eduardo C R

Nov 7, 2016

Genius. Marvelous. Astounding. I have no more words.

By Yu Y

Dec 30, 2020

Learnt a lot! Well organized and clearly explained!

By Hushan J

Jun 22, 2017

really helpful for understanding PL fundamentals.

By Hector L

Aug 13, 2017

a good start for learning functional programming

By Grzegorz C

Jun 21, 2017

Brilliant course, thank you Dan Grossman et al!

By replper

Jan 26, 2017

A Great Course. Learned a lot from this course!

By Aleksey K

Jul 22, 2017

I like this course! it`s realy excelent thing!

By likai

Feb 19, 2017

It is so much fun . And I learn a lot from it.

By Hydra

Feb 2, 2019

The best introduction to functional languages