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398 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.

AL

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 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 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 Eduardo M

Jul 31, 2017

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

By Nick

Sep 10, 2020

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

By Xavier

May 04, 2020

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

By Pavel I

Sep 03, 2016

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

By Yun 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 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 Remie C

Mar 15, 2020

I learned too much from this amazing course! Thx Dan, Thx Coursera!

By Bunyamin S

Apr 28, 2020

Very good, Dan! Thank you! Hope you will update this course soon))

By Israel O O

Feb 09, 2020

Excelent material, the video lessons with Dan are very explanatory

By David C

Oct 26, 2016

I really learned a lot from the course, and the teacher is awesome

By Syed G F

Sep 18, 2016

like the approach and style of teaching by Dan Grossman. Awesome !

By Niko K

Mar 30, 2020

Great course - instructor's passion for the subject is inspiring.

By Eslam A

Jun 18, 2020

Wonderful Course, Many thanks to the contributors especially Dan

By Noah P

Sep 14, 2016

Excellent class, teacher, and material. Fun learning ML, thanks

By Merlinhool

Sep 02, 2016

Excellent course! A great start to Programming Language Theory!

By Saptarshi C

Jan 07, 2017

Has been fantastic so far - hoping to purchase and complete it