In this seminar course, we will study themes in the history of
programming languages. The primary goal is to understand (some of) the discipline
as it exits today and how some of its major themes evolved. Initially, the
seminar will focus on the theme of formal description of programming
languages, including syntax and various flavors of semantics. The choice
of other themes will depend on students' preferences.
The secondary goal is to develop basic skills for understanding and
describing research themes. Every student will study a theme via a series
of papers, prepare an annotated bibliography, present a summary and an
evaluation of the papers. These skills will be helpful for all those
students who will continue to conduct research for their dissertation
and/or for their career.
The first meeting will take place on Tuesday, Jan 12, at 11:45 in WVH 166.
I will describe the course organization and initiate the search for
For now, I have reserved WVH 166 for the rest of the semester for the
regular class time. In case the enrollment grows beyond a certain size, we
will use the assigned classroom (International Village 022).