NDAB16008U  Programming Language Design (PLD)

Volume 2017/2018
Education

Bacheloruddannelsen i datalogi

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.

Learning Outcome

The course aims to give the student:

Knowledge of:

  • Implementation strategies
  • 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.
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.
Lectures, classroom exercises, projects.
Written
Oral
Individual
Collective
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Credit
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%.

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
Re-exam

The re-exam consists of (re-)submission of the theoretical exercises and a new project, different from the project in the original exam.

Criteria for exam assesment

See Learning Outcome.

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