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Course Description

In this course on programming languages, we examine programming languages from a multi-paradigm approach. By this, we mean that we look at languages in the whole, rather than in the parts. We choose languages that exemplify different points in the design space of programming language design. We will write lots of programs in several different programming languages. We will approach each language by first examining it in its essential form, stripped of its particular syntactic expression. Then we will examine its implementation in comparison to other programming languages. Then we will write programs in the syntax and environment of the real language, giving a better feel for the languages role in a broader context.