Title: CS 6371: Advanced Programming Languages
Course Registration Number: 22958
Times: TR 1:00–2:15
Location: CB 1.218
Instructor: Dr. Kevin Hamlen (hamlen AT utdallas)
Instructor's Office Hours: TR 2:15–3:15 in ECSS 3.704
Teaching Assistant: TBA
TA's Office Hours: TBA
This course will cover functional and logic programming, concepts of programming language design, and formal reasoning about programs and programming languages. The following are the course learning objectives:
Through taking this course, students will learn the tradeoffs of imperative vs. nonimperative programming languages, issues involved in designing a programming language, the role of formal semantics and typesystems in reasoning about programs and languages, and proof techniques related to formal, highassurance software validation.
The course is open to Ph.D. students and Masters students. Interested undergraduates should see the instructor for permission to take the course.
Prerequisites: Discrete Structures (CS 3305/5333 or equivalent), Algorithm Analysis and Data Structures (CS 3345/5343 or equivalent), Automata Theory (CS 4384/5349 or equivalent). A solid background in all three of these areas will be heavily assumed throughout the course!
STUDENTS MUST ATTEND AT LEAST ONE OF THE FIRST THREE CLASSES. IF YOU MISS MORE THAN TWO OF THE FIRST THREE CLASSES (other than for excused absences—see below) THEN YOUR FINAL COURSE GRADE WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE REDUCED BY ONE FULL LETTER GRADE. The first three classes will cover logic programming in the Prolog programming language, which will introduce many concepts assumed throughout the rest of the course. Documented absences approved by university policy are exempted from this attendance requirement. These include illness with an accompanying doctor's note, and observance of religious holy days.
To better understand the inclass Prolog lectures at the start of the course, you should either install your own local version of SWI Prolog (preferred), or you can access the version installed on the UTD linux servers as follows:
To better understand the inclass OCaml demos starting in the second week of the course, you should do the following as preparation:
If you can't get OCaml to work on your personal machine, you can use OCaml on the UTD CS Department Linux servers. To do so:
Homework (25%): Homeworks will be assigned approximately once per 1.5 weeks, and will consist of a mix of programming assignments and written assignments. Programming assignments will be implemented in Prolog or OCaml. Written assignments will typically involve discrete math proofs. Homeworks must be turned in at the start of class (i.e., by 1:05pm) on the due date. To help students prepare for the next assignment, homework solutions will typically be revealed on each due date. Therefore, no late homeworks will be accepted.
Quizzes (15%): On indicated assignment due dates (see the course schedule below), students will solve one or two problems individually at the start of class as a quiz. The quiz problems are essentially extra homework problems solved individually in class without the help of the internet or collaboration with other students. The quizzes will be closedbook and closednotes.
Midterm (25%): There will be an inclass midterm exam in class on Thursday, March 2nd. The exam will cover functional programming, operational semantics, denotational semantics, and fixpoints.
Final (35%): A final exam for the course has been tentatively scheduled by the university registrar for Thursday, May 3rd at 2:00pm. The exam will be cumulative, covering all material in the course. Students will have 2 hours and 45 minutes to complete it.
Students may work individually or together with other students presently enrolled in the class to complete the assignments, but they must CITE ALL COLLABORATORS AND ANY OTHER SOURCES OF MATERIAL that they consulted, even if those sources weren't copied wordforword. Copying or paraphrasing someone else's work without citing it is plagiarism, and may result in severe penalties such as an immediate failing grade for the course and/or expulsion from the computer science program. Therefore, please cite all sources!
Students may NOT consult solution sets from previous semesters of this course, or collaborate with students who have such solutions. These sources are offlimits because such "collaborations" tend to involve simply copying or reverseengineering someone else's answer to a similar homework problem, which does not prepare you for the quizzes and exams.
The course has no required textbook, but we will make use of several online references:
Date  Topic  Assignments  
Logic Programming  
Lecture 1: Tue 1/9 
Logic Programming: Part I  Assignment 1 due 1/25 (Prolog) 

Lecture 2: Thu 1/11 
Logic Programming: Part II  
Lecture 3: Tue 1/16 
Logic Programming: Part III  
Functional Programming  
Lecture 4: Thu 1/18 
Course Introduction: Functional vs. Imperative programming, typesafe languages, intro to OCaml  
Lecture 5: Tue 1/23 
OCaml: Parametric polymorphism  
Lecture 6: Thu 1/25 
OCaml: List folding, tail recursion, exceptionhandling  Assignment 2 due 2/6 (OCaml Intro) 

No Lecture: Tue 1/30 
Quiz #1: Logic Programming  
Operational Semantics  
Lecture 7: Thu 2/1 
Largestep Semantics: Intro  
Lecture 8: Tue 2/6 
Largestep Semantics: Proof techniques  Assignment 3 due 2/13 (SIMPL Interpreter) 

Lecture 9: Thu 2/8 
Smallstep Semantics Quiz #2: Functional Programming 

Denotational Semantics  
Lecture 10: Tue 2/13 
Denotational Semantics: Semantic domains and valuation functions  Assignment 4 due 2/22 (Operational Semantics) 

Lecture 11: Thu 2/15 
Denotational Semantics: Fixed points  
Lecture 12: Tue 2/20 
Fixedpoint Induction Quiz #3: Operational Semantics 

Lecture 13: Thu 2/22 
Semantic Equivalence  Assignment 5 due 3/8 (Fixpoints) 

Lecture 14: Tue 2/27 
Midterm Review  
Midterm: Thu 3/1 
Midterm Exam  
Type Theory  
Lecture 15: Tue 3/6 
Type Theory: Introduction  
Lecture 16: Thu 3/8 
Type Theory: Typesoundness, Progress and Preservation Quiz #4: Denotational Semantics 
Assignment 6 due 3/22 (SIMPL Typechecker) 

No Class: Tue 3/13 
No Class: Spring break  
No Class: Thu 3/15 
No Class: Spring break  
Lecture 17: Tue 3/20 
Programproof Codevelopment  
Untyped Lambda Calculus  
Lecture 18: Thu 3/22 
Untyped Lambda Calculus: Introduction Quiz #5: Type Theory 
Assignment 7 due 4/3 (Lambda calculus) 

Lecture 19: Tue 3/27 
Untyped Lambda Calculus: Encodings and reductions  
Typed Lambda Calculus  
Lecture 20: Thu 3/29 
Simplytyped Lambda Calculus  
Lecture 21: Tue 4/3 
System F: Typeinhabitation, CurryHoward Isomorphism Quiz #6: Lambda Calculus 
Assignment 8 due 4/17 (Functional SIMPL) 

Lecture 22: Thu 4/5 
Summary/Comparison of Modern Language Features: Weak vs. strong typing, typesafety, function evaluation strategies  
Lecture 23: Tue 4/10 
Summary/Comparison of Modern Language Features: HindleyMilner typeinference, type polymorphism  
Formal Verification  
Lecture 24: Thu 4/12 
Axiomatic Semantics: Hoare Logic  
Lecture 25: Tue 4/17 
Axiomatic Semantics: Loop invariants  Assignment 9 due 4/26 (Hoare Logic) 

Lecture 26: Thu 4/19 
Axiomatic Semantics: Weakest precondition, strongest postcondition  
Lecture 27: Tue 4/24 
Final Review  
Lecture 28: Thu 4/26 
Final Review Quiz #7: Axiomatic Semantics 