CS571: Programming Languages (Sections 1 & 2)

Fall 2015


Course Information

Class Time and Place:

Section 1: Tue Thur. 4:25pm -- 5:50pm, S2 143 (Science II)
Section 3: Tue Thur. 6pm -- 7:25pm, S2 143 (Science II)


Ping Yang
Office: P11, Engineering Building
Email: pyang[at]binghamton[dot]edu
Office Hours: Mon. 1pm-2:30pm

Teaching Assistants:

Tianlin Li
Office:G25, Engineering Building
Email: tli16[at]binghamton[dot]edu
Office Hours: Tue Thur 1pm-2pm
Pravin Nagare
Office: P17, Engineering Building
Email: pnagare1[at]binghamton[dot]edu
Office Hours: Mon Fri noon-1pm

Course Objective

In this course, students will be introduced to the fundamental concepts in programming languages, including imperative, object-oriented, functional, logic, and scripting programming languages. At the end of this class, students will have an in-depth understanding of different language features included in common languages such as C, C++, Java, Haskell, Prolog, Perl, PHP, and JavScript. Students will also have a firm grasp of different language paradigms, and their benefits and drawbacks. This course would also help students understand how various language features are implemented and what design choices and trade-offs in a language are.


Text Book (Recommended):

Kenneth C. Louden, Programming Languages Principles and Practice. Second Edition, Thomson Learning. ISBN:0-534-95341-7

Online Resources

Course Software:

Flex, bison, gcc, g++, java, hugs, XSB, and perl are installed on bingsuns.binghamton.edu.


Course slides will be available on the blackboard


All assignments will be posted on the blackboard. No assignment will be accepted after 24 hours from the deadline. Late assignments will be penalized 10%.


Assignments: 42%
Exam I: 20%
Exam II: 18%
Exam III : 20%

Final grades will be curved over the entire class. The TAs will grade assignments. If you have questions about the grading of assignments, please first contact the TAs. This is used to ensure consistent grading. If the issue has not been resolved by the TA, then talk to the instructor, preferably during office hours or after the class. Questions regarding exams and final grades should be addressed to the instructor.

Academic Honesty

All students should follow Student Academic Honesty Code (if you have not already read it, please read it carefully). All forms of cheating will be treated with utmost seriousness. You may discuss problems with other students, however, you must write your OWN codes and solutions. Discussing solutions to the problem is NOT acceptable. Copying an assignment from another student or allowing another student to copy your work may lead to an automatic F for this course. You need ensure that your code and documentation are protected and not accessible to other students. Use chmod 700 command to change the permissions of your working directories before you start working on the assignments.