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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 Arjun V

Jan 2, 2017

Fantastic instructor and a great course!

By Olegs K

Nov 5, 2018

Very valuable and naturally interesting

By 杨昊翰

Aug 30, 2019

Very informative and inspiring course!

By Icaro A P

Mar 8, 2019

Probably the best MOOC I've ever taken

By dongpeng

Sep 4, 2016

very nice, I learned a lot, THANK YOU!

By Rahul M

Jul 21, 2020

A must-do course for all programmers.

By cloudy9101

Oct 12, 2016

Very Good, the course is very useful.

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By Jai B

Jul 8, 2019

Very challenging but very rewarding

By Ángel A C R

Jun 23, 2018


By Rongpeng L

Sep 5, 2017

Step stone for a better programmer.


Jul 13, 2017

I like the teaching style very much

By Tian

Jun 18, 2017

great lecture for learning program

By Brian W

Nov 30, 2016

Best course available on Coursera!

By Lu W

May 19, 2018

Clear, structured, well-prepared.

By ivan v

Oct 20, 2017

Extremely good, extremely useful.

By lechen999

Mar 20, 2017

Very challenging and useful cause

By Marc

Jun 8, 2020

Great course !

I learned a lot !

By Gavin L

Aug 9, 2016

I learnt a lot from this course.

By ryan a

Oct 16, 2021

the best course i've take in CS

By alfred

Dec 15, 2019

I am proud to finishing Part A.

By Alessandro P

Jun 4, 2018

Very good lectures! Thank you!!

By Li L

Sep 4, 2017

Perfect course! I learnt a lot!

By Diego F

Jul 17, 2021

Great and challenging course!

By 苏港

Jun 15, 2017

great course for learning fp.