Undergraduate Course: Advances in Programming Languages (INFR10003)
|School||School of Informatics
||College||College of Science and Engineering
||Availability||Available to all students
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
|Home subject area||Informatics
||Other subject area||None
||Taught in Gaelic?||No
|Course description||This course will survey recent developments in programming language design and implementation with an emphasis on those developments which are technological advances on the state-of-the-art.
Information for Visiting Students
|Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?||Yes
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
|1 - Give examples of different programming idioms, other than the imperative class-based object-oriented model which is familiar from Java.
2 - Explain distinctive features of programming idioms, illustrating some relative advantages and disadvantages.
3 - Describe requirements and constraints in the design of programming languages and individual language features.
4 - Outline some of the problems arising from feature interaction in programming languages.
5 - For a range of programming language features, identify the problem they were created to solve, explain the approach they take to do this, and discuss possible problems that may arise.
6 - Describe in depth a specific recent programming language innovation, explaining its motivation, implementation, and how it compares to previous approaches.
7 - Write working code that demonstrates the use of a novel language feature, based on technical research papers and language documentation.
|Written Examination 80|
Assessed Assignments 20
Oral Presentations 0
A written examination will assess outcomes 1-5. The remaining outcomes will be assessed through a single piece of coursework, completed in two stages. This will involve some software development and the writing of a report.
If delivered in semester 1, this course will have an option for semester 1 only visiting undergraduate students, providing assessment prior to the end of the calendar year.
||* The aims of language design: correctness, uniformity, practicality
* Advanced programming language constructs: overview and motivation
* Specific examples of programming language approaches to different problem domains, generally four or five drawn from areas such as:
Concurrency, memory management, security, distribution, parallelism, verification, correctness, types, objects, classes, language interworking, polymorphism, generics, naming, and modularity.
Relevant QAA Computing Curriculum Sections: Comparative Programming Languages, Compilers and Syntax Directed Tools, Theoretical Computing
||Reading material will include selected technical papers on the languages featured in the course. There is no nominated textbook for the course.
Timetabled Laboratories 0
Non-timetabled assessed assignments 20
Private Study/Other 60
|Course organiser||Dr Mary Cryan
Tel: (0131 6)50 5153
|Course secretary||Ms Katey Lee
Tel: (0131 6)50 2701