DD2481 Principles of Programming Languages 7.5 credits
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Content and learning outcomes
Formal languages, finite automata, context free grammars.
State, scope, extent, static and dynamic information, effects, mutability.
Basic operational semantics.
Abstraction mechanisms, modularity, contracts.
Types, invariants, program equivalence.
Tools for program analysis.
Examples of advanced features of programming languages.
Intended learning outcomes
After completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- formally describe languages and program behavior,
- precisely reason about state, effects, and mutation,
- reason about and use mechanisms for abstraction and modularization,
- define type systems formally,
- prove type soundness,
- reason about program equivalence,
- define and reason about contracts,
- discuss open questions about advanced language features and reflect critically over them,
- write programs that implement various formalisms, mechanisms and language features
in order to
- be able to take part in deeper discussions about principles of programming languages,
- be prepared for courses in compiler construction.
Literature and preparations
Programming, algorithms and datastructures correspoding to one of the courses DD1320, DD1321, DD1325, DD1327, DD1338, DD1339, DD1340, DD1341, DD1346 or ID1020.
Examination and completion
If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.
- LAB1 - Laboratory assignments, 3.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
- TEN1 - Examination, 2.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
- UPP1 - Essay, 1.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.
The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.
Other requirements for final grade
Passed laboratory assignments, thesis and examination
Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination
Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination
- All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
- In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
- In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.
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Main field of study
DD2489 Compiler construction
Grading criteria will be announced at the start of the course.
In this course, the EECS code of honor applies, see: