Tuesday/Friday 11:00-12:30 Virtually. First Lecture, Tuesday
Design, definition and implementation of programming languages. Programming
language paradigms; syntax, attribute grammars, typing; axiomatic, operational
and denotational semantics; correctness proofs; implementation techniques,
virtual machines; design and implementation of Domain-Specific Languages. Code
generation and optimization
Course Pages: http://www.cas.mcmaster.ca/~carette/CAS706/W2021.
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course Web pages, and to check regularly for announcements.
This year's course will be done quite differently than previous
versions. It will be based on
Programming Language Foundations in Agda.
We will breeze through Part 1, and focus hard on Parts 2 and 3.
A few lectures will depart from PLFA, to cover high-level material
on programming languages that is not present in the textbook.
Assignments will come from the textbook (and from some of the other
courses that were taught using it - see the web page).
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schedule. The instructor may modify elements of the course and will notify
students accordingly (using the standard communication mechanisms used
for the class).
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Last revised: Aug. 2021