Programming Language Design (PLD)

Course content

The course explores the design space of programming languages and how the design choices affect implementation and other properties of the language.

A brief history of programming languages is presented and a selected set of features are explored with respect to design choices, how they interact and how they can be implemented.

The aim is to give the student an understanding of the programming-language landscape that will both be helpful when the student designs and implements programming languages but also to better understand existing programming languages.

Education

Bacheloruddannelsen i datalogi

Learning outcome

The course aims to give the student:

Knowledge of:

  • The difference between interpretation and translation
  • Syntax
  • Memory management
  • Scope rules
  • Control structures
  • Types
  • Language paradigms
  • Modules
  • Semantics
  • Domain-specific languages
  • Computational power of languages

 

Skills to:

  • Design and implement simple programming languages using several of the above-listed features.
  • Describe this language using a mixture of formal and informal specification

 

Competences to:

  • Evaluate how design choices affect and are affected by implementation methods and other properties of programming languages.
  • Design a programming language tailored to a specific problem area or observing speciifc properties.

Lectures, classroom exercises, projects.

The student should have knowledge of basic programming language implementation equivalent to the courses "Oversættere (OV)" or "Implementering af programmeringssprog (IPS)" and have experience programming in several language paradigms including functional, imperative and object-oriented languages.

ECTS
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Continuous assessment
The grade is given as a weighted average of 2 theoretical exercises and a small design-and-implementation project, where the project is weighted as 50% and each exercise as 25%.
observing specified properties or purposes
It is possible to resubmit the theoretical exercises one week after they are evaluated, but resubmission of the project is not possible.
Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners
Criteria for exam assessment

See the learning outcomes.

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 32
  • Class Exercises
  • 32
  • Theory exercises
  • 40
  • Practical exercises
  • 40
  • Course Preparation
  • 62
  • English
  • 206