PB006 Principles of Programming Languages

Faculty of Informatics
Autumn 2013
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).
doc. Mgr. Jan Obdržálek, PhD. (lecturer)
Mgr. Bc. Tomáš Janík (seminar tutor)
Bc. et Bc. Jan Fikejs (assistant)
Guaranteed by
prof. RNDr. Mojmír Křetínský, CSc.
Department of Computer Science - Faculty of Informatics
Contact Person: doc. Mgr. Jan Obdržálek, PhD.
Supplier department: Department of Computer Science - Faculty of Informatics
Thu 8:00–9:50 D1
  • Timetable of Seminar Groups:
PB006/T01: Wed 2. 10. to Fri 20. 12. Wed 13:00–14:55 Učebna S9 (55), J. Fikejs, T. Janík, Nepřihlašuje se. Určeno pro studenty se zdravotním postižením.
Knowledge of at least one imperative (C/C++/Java) and one functional language. Knowledge of additional programming languages is an advantage.
Course Enrolment Limitations
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Course objectives
By the end of the course, the student will be able:
to choose a programming language (programming paradigm) suitable for a given problem domain;
to analyze both strong and weak aspects of a given programming language;
to quickly obtain an in-depth understanding a of new programming language;
  • 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.
  • SEBESTA, Robert W. Concepts of Programming Languages. 10th Edition. Addison-Wesley, 2012. 816 pp. ISBN 978-0-13-139531-2. info
  • Programming language pragmatics. Edited by Michael Lee Scott. 2nd ed. Oxford: Elsevier Science [distributor], 2006. xxxi, 875. ISBN 9780126339512. info
  • WATT, David Anthony and William FINDLAY. Programming language design concepts. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, 2004. xviii, 473. ISBN 0470853204. info
Teaching methods
The course is organized as a series of lectures.
Assessment methods
Evaluation: final written exam.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
Teacher's information
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2002, Autumn 2003, Autumn 2004, Autumn 2005, Autumn 2006, Autumn 2007, Autumn 2008, Autumn 2009, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2020, Autumn 2021, Autumn 2022.
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