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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Programming Languages, Part A by University of Washington

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329 reviews

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

YZ

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.

VA

Mar 05, 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 shaahin k

Apr 12, 2019

the idea of start by sml is briliant and very helpful about the base of programming languages

By Sixiang C

Aug 30, 2017

This is good first course in Funtional programming.

The materials and exercises are excellent.

By Orlando S

Feb 13, 2017

Good course to improve software development undestanding functional programming languages

By Vinicius S

Sep 02, 2019

A challenging rewarding course, a must-have for aspiring programmers. I learned a lot.

By Ziyang G

Aug 27, 2018

It was super fun and helpful to get to know the basic ideas of functional programming.

By Stan Z

Dec 16, 2016

Excellent course. I wanted to learn ML for a long time. Planning to take Part B and C

By Vivekanand G N

Jun 10, 2019

This is a fantastic and ground breaking course. A must in every programmer's toolbox

By Patrick B

Dec 19, 2018

Excellent overview of SML and great introduction to functional programming concepts.

By Liao T

Jun 26, 2018

Great content for programming language, but too many videos seem to be overwhelming.

By Dante F

Jan 07, 2017

A litle fast but with a lot of many important concepts inside. Thanks Prof. Grossman

By Marcelo d S

Sep 17, 2016

Excellent course on programming language: functions, recursion, currying, closure...

By Mariia R

Dec 12, 2017

Amazing course! It opened my eyes for what all this things in code are really mean.

By Gabriel D

Nov 17, 2019

I've enjoyed it a lot. Dan explanations and examples are very clear and intuitive.

By Serjey G I

Mar 23, 2017

Awesome course! The thing you need if you want to know the functional programming!

By Gao P

Jul 26, 2017

函数式编程语言非常好的入门课程,project难度适中,老师的讲解清晰。推荐先把课程Notes看一遍,尝试敲一遍Notes中的代码,然后看课程视频,会收获颇丰。

By Dali Z

Aug 16, 2018

amazing course and excellent lecture! Very impressive about explanation on SML.

By Li D

Aug 25, 2016

This is the first time I'm exposed to functional programming and it is amazing.

By Eduardo M

Jul 31, 2017

Lots of fun involved. The professor is great and the homework was challenging.

By Pavel I

Sep 03, 2016

Excellent instructor and course material. One of the best Coursera classes.

By Nicholas T

Mar 18, 2019

Incredible course, deepened my understanding of programming considerably!

By StrengthJ

May 17, 2018

for me , its really useful and helpful both in programming and in English

By Anran

Nov 30, 2019

one section into it and loving it! Rewarding and challenges thinking!

By liuyaqiu

Jan 24, 2018

This is a challenging course to dive deep into programming languages.

By Romuald G

Oct 15, 2016

I've completed more than 30 MOOCs. This is the one I'm most proud of!

By Israel O O

Feb 09, 2020

Excelent material, the video lessons with Dan are very explanatory