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Concepts of Programming Languages (CSC419) 

syllabus | problem sets

Spring 2019
Instructor: Odelia Schwartz (odelia at cs miami edu)
Tues, Thurs 3:30pm – 4:45pm; Mahoney/Pearson Com 112

Concepts of Programming Languages introduces students to the main constructs of contemporary programming languages and provides the tools necessary to critically evaluate existing and future programming languages. By presenting design issues for various language constructs, examining the design choices for these constructs in some of the most common languages, and critically comparing the design alternatives, this course gives students a solid foundation for understanding the fundamental concepts of programming languages.

Course objective:
1. To learn key concepts of the design of contemporary programming languages.
2. To learn to intelligently evaluate the features of contemporary programming languages, as well as to evaluate complete languages.
3. To learn a significant part of one particular language.


  • The textbook is Concepts of Programming Languages (11th edition), Sebesta.
  • The course assigns problem sets every 1 to 2 weeks, due in your class directory at the time of class. Please hand in homeworks on time and email in advance if there are unforeseen circumstances.
  • Grading is 70% homeworks, 30% final.
  • Instructor office hours: Students are encouraged to ask questions. Please email odelia at cs miami edu to schedule an appointment in Ungar 310D.
  • TA lab hours: TBA.