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General Information Edit

A challenging course about programming languages that uses lots and lots of lambda calculus. Likely offered next in Fall 2014.

Prerequisites Edit

CS 3110

Topics Covered Edit

Structural induction

Operational, denotational, and axiomatic semantics

Lambda calculus

Types and type inference

Polymorphism

Concurrency (CSP)

Miscellaneous topics (verified machine language, etc.)

Workload Edit

Weekly problem sets, some of which are coding in OCaml, and some of which are "paper-and-pencil" (read: LaTex) exercises. Reasonably sized.

2 in-class prelims and a final.

Uses Piazza.

General Advice Edit

Useful for: Programming Languages Vector.

Don't take it based on an impression you have from the title. It's not learning about Java, C, etc.

It's about learning the theory behind PL. Lots of proofs (mostly induction), and so if you find that tedious, don't take it.

Testimonials Edit

Great Class! Nate Foster teaches this class really well and keeps it extremely organized. You won't have any problems.

My mind was blown away when I took 3110. It was blown a few more times throughout this course.

One of the top 2 or 3 coolest CS classes I have taken. I agree with the mind blown stuff. It's all so cool.

Past Offerings Edit

Semester Time Professor Median Grade Course Page
Fall 2012 MWF 9:05 - 9:55 Nate Foster A- http://www.cs.cornell.edu/Courses/cs4110/2012fa/


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