Programming Language Design (PLD)
The course explores the design space of programming languages and how the design choices affect the 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.
There will be some programming in languages very different from what most students have experienced, including variants of LISP and Prolog.
BSc Programme in Computer Science
The course aims to give the student:
- Implementation strategies
- Memory management
- Scope rules
- Control structures
- Language paradigms
- Domain-specific languages
- Computational power of languages
- Reversible and quantum programming
- Design and implement simple programming languages or language extensions using several of the above-listed features.
- Describe this language using a mixture of formal and informal specification.
- Make small programs in uncommon or esoteric languages.
- Evaluate how design choices affect and are affected by implementation methods and other properties of programming languages.
- Design or extend a programming language tailored to a specific problem area or observing specific properties.
Lectures, classroom exercises, projects.
Notes that will be published on the course home page (Absalon).
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 at least including a functional language in the ML family (Standard ML, OCaml, F#, Haskell), a C-like imperative language, and a class-based object-oriented language (Java, C# or similar).
Oral, collective feedback is given for the exercises in the exercise classes. The mandatory assignments are given written, individual feedback.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
Written assignment, 7 days
- Type of assessment details
- The exam assignment is individual, and any form of cooperation or help from people other than the teachers of the course will be considered plagiarism.
- All aids allowed
Using ChatGPT or similar large language models is allowed both for the group assignments and the final exam assignment, but you must include the entire dialogue in the report (otherwise it is plagiarism), and you must argue the relevance and correctness (or lack thereof) of the answers you get from the AI (otherwise, you will get no points whatsoever from the answer).
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Several internal examiners
Criteria for exam assessment
See Learning Outcome.
Single subject courses (day)
- Theory exercises
- Project work
- Course number
- 7,5 ECTS
- Programme level
- Block 3
- No limit
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
- Study Board of Mathematics and Computer Science
- Department of Computer Science
- Faculty of Science
- Torben Ægidius Mogensen (7-7a7578686b7473466a6f34717b346a71)
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