Wednesday 5:00 - 7:00
Room 101, Warren Weaver Hall
Professor Edmond Schonberg
Room 706, 715 B'way
Instructor: Edmond Schonberg (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Office hours: Wednesday 3:00 to 4:30 pm, in WWH 425 ,
and by appointment.
Iuliana Ionita (email@example.com), WWH 408
Office hours: Thursday 2:00 to 3:30 pm.
We will examine basic concepts underlying the design of modern programming
languages: types, control structures, abstraction mechanisms, inheritance,
concurrency, constructs for programming in the large, etc. This is not a
programming course per se, but there will be programming assignments in
several languages, imperative and functional. The languages are chosen
because of the interest of their features, and not necessarily because of
their wide use. We will touch on Ada, C++, C#, Java, LISP, ML, Python,
Scheme, and mention many others.
Undergraduate courses in data structures and algorithms, familiarity and
programming experience with one of the following: C, C++, Ada, Java, or Pascal.
Programming assignments, final examination, roughly in the same weight, i.e.
the final represents half of the grade.
GNAT and free software (in French)
Michael Scott: Programming Language, Pragmatics (Morgan Kaufman 2000)
This is a excellent recent text that covers both language design and
compiler fundamentals. In your readings for this course you don't need to
study any section that has to do with translation and compiler construction,
but that material is interesting, and you will examine it in more detail when
you take the Compiler Construction course.
John Barnes: Programming in Ada95
You must have some good text on C++ and on Java. For C++ the 3rd edition of
Stroustrup: the C++ programming Language, is the standard reference. For
Java, the language definition is given in: Gosling, Joy and Steele:
the Java Language Specification.
For both languages, there are several introductory texts by Horstmann
that are very well-written, and innumerable others.
We will discuss functional languages, specifically Scheme and ML, for which
there is abundant on-line documentation. The older book by Ravi Sethi:
Programming Languages, Concepts and Constructs, has several good chapters
on functional languages.
We will discuss scripting and so-called very high level languages, and
focus on Python, There is abundant on-line documentation for it, and several
programming texts and users guides from O'Reilly.
All students should register themselves with the class list, which is used for
all technical discussions concerning the course. To
register, go to the following web page, and follow the instructions:
You can also subscribe by sending an e-mail message to
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you will be notified in return that you are a list participant. Please send
all your questions to this list (not to the instructor) so that everyone can
You are free to do the programming assignments on any machine you choose,
either the NYU servers, some other machine at work, or a personal computer
at home. For each programming assignment, Indicate what compiler you used.
You can use the GNAT compiler on all servers at NYU. All the needed files
are in /usr/local/pkg/gnat/bin/, so you should place this directory in front
on your path. If your test program is called numbers.adb, you create an
executable for it simply by writing:
which you can execute by writing: ./numbers
If you want to compile a single file, you can write:
gcc -c numbers.adb
You can also install gnat on your personal computer, by downloading the
appropriate version from the NYU ftp site, ftp cs.nyu.edu, directory pub/gnat.
Finally, you can install and use the ObjectAda compiler that comes with
the Barnes text.
Copious information on Ada, including programming environments, software,
and tools, can be found at