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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 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 Wang Y

Oct 25, 2020

Loving the course. Dan's passion is a main driving force to study the material :)

By Gao P

Jul 26, 2017


By Kevin 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 Renato P

Apr 10, 2021

Dan Grossman is a great teacher, and his passion for the subject really shows.

By Eduardo M

Jul 31, 2017

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

By Nick

Sep 9, 2020

Dan Grossman is a phenomenal instructor. I wish he could teach me everything

By Xavier

May 4, 2020

Great explanation and material. The professor is dynamic and clear. Thanks!

By Pavel I

Sep 3, 2016

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

By Shreck Y

Jan 8, 2021

Excellent course that introduced me to the field of programming languages.

By Jorge M H

Mar 8, 2021

Rigorous explanations and interesting content. Dan is a great instructor!

By Morton L

Mar 16, 2020

Great course to learn general concepts and idiom in programming language.

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 Alex O

Nov 30, 2020

Easily one of the best courses available on coursera. Highly recommend

By Ralf H

Nov 10, 2020

Awesome don (called Dan), great material and contents, very good plus!

By Anran

Nov 29, 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 Jack Z

May 2, 2021

Invaluable intro to FP and a step by step instruction into using ML

By parabox

Feb 14, 2021

Fun and rewarding. It really helps to improve my programming skill.