PB006 Principles of Programming Languages

Faculty of Informatics
Autumn 2012
Extent and Intensity
2/0. 2 credit(s) (plus extra credits for completion). Recommended Type of Completion: zk (examination). Other types of completion: k (colloquium), z (credit).
RNDr. Libor Škarvada (lecturer)
Mgr. Jan Fikejs (assistant)
Mgr. Tomáš Szaniszlo (assistant)
Guaranteed by
prof. RNDr. Mojmír Křetínský, CSc.
Department of Computer Science – Faculty of Informatics
Contact Person: RNDr. Libor Škarvada
Supplier department: Department of Computer Science – Faculty of Informatics
Tue 18:00–19:50 D1
  • Timetable of Seminar Groups:
PB006/T01: Wed 19. 9. to Fri 21. 12. Wed 12:00–13:55 Učebna S8 (17), L. Škarvada
A basic knowledge of one imperative and one functional language is beneficial.
Course Enrolment Limitations
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Course objectives
The course provides the students with information about programming paradigms and basic concepts used in programming languages. Objectives: bring together different aspects of various languages and classify their principles.
  • Brief history of programming languages, overview of basic programming paradigms.
  • Syntax, language, program. Abstract and concrete syntax.
  • Static semantics. Typing, validation functions.
  • Name spaces, visibility of program items. Block structure and modular structure.
  • Types and type systems. Ground types, type constructors. Polymorphic types, parametric polymorphism and subtype polymorphism, overloading, type classes.
  • Subtypes, inheritance. Types as sorts, types as signatures, types as theories.
  • Semantics, computation.
  • Imperative paradigm. Commands, state, memory locations, state transformers, mutable variables, destructive assignment.
  • Functional paradigm. Expressions. functions, variables. Application, abstraction, reduction strategies.
  • Logic paradigm.
  • Concurrency, communication. Deadlock. Interrupts, events. Semaphores, mutual exclusion, critical sections.
  • Call by value, call by name. Call by result, by value-result.
  • WATT, Alan H. and Muffy THOMAS. Programming language syntax and semantics. New York: Prentice Hall, 1991, xvi, 389 s. ISBN 0-13-726266-3. info
  • TENNENT, R. D. Principles of programming languages. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall International, 1981, xiv, 271 s. ISBN 0-13-709873-1. info
Teaching methods
The course is organized as a series of lectures.
Assessment methods
Evaluation: final written exam.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
Teacher's information
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