Schedule for CSC 2/454, Fall 2022

The following is my best guess as to the schedule for this fall.
I will do my best to keep it up to date if things change.
I encourage you to check back here on a regular basis. 

PLP refers to the textbook.  CS refers to the companion site

Click on the unit name to see my lecture notes.

Unit Topics Reading (to be completed
before class)
Assignments (handed
out or [where indicated] due)

     Wed. Aug. 31 Introduction PLP 1.0–1.5 T0: administration;
A0: Unix tools
     (Mon. Sep. 5 Labor Day)
     Wed. Sep. 7 Structure of a compiler PLP 1.6–1.7 T0 due; Q1 due;
A1: comparing languages;
T1 due Friday evening

     Mon. Sep. 12 Review of scanning and BNF PLP 2.0–2.2; CS 2.4.0–2.4.1
     Wed. Sep. 14 Top-down and bottom-up parsing; recursive descent PLP 2.3.0–2.3.2; CS 2.3.5 (pp. 1–6)
     Mon. Sep. 19 Error recovery, table-driven LL(1) parsing PLP 2.3.3; CS 2.3.5 (except pp. 10–12) Q2 due

     Wed. Sep. 21 Static analysis, action routines PLP 4.0–4.5 A1 due last night;
A2: syntax error recovery;
T2 due Friday evening
     Mon. Sep. 26 Decorating a syntax tree
PLP 4.6–4.7 Q3 due

Functional programming
     Wed. Sep. 28 Intro to OCaml
PLP 11.0–11.2, 7.2.4, 8.6, 11.4
     Mon. Oct. 3 Evaluation order, higher-order functions PLP 11.5–11.6, 11.8–11.9 Q4 due

     Wed. Oct. 5 Binding time, scope rules PLP 3.0–3.4 A2 due Friday noon
(Mon. Oct. 10 Fall Break)
     Wed. Oct. 12 Binding rules, separate compilation PLP 3.5–3.9; CS 3.8 Q5 due;
A3: translation (in OCaml);
T3 due Friday evening

Control flow
     Mon. Oct. 17 Expressions, sequencing, and selection
PLP 6.0–6.4
     Wed. Oct. 19 Iteration and recursion
No class today.  (Prof. Scott out of town).  Please watch the two recorded lectures at right instead. 
PLP 6.5–6.8
Lecture on iteration
Lecture on iterators
Q6 due

     Mon. Oct. 24 Threads PLP 13.0–13.2.3, 9.5, 13.2.4
     Wed. Oct. 26 Synchronization PLP 13.3

     Mon. Oct. 31 Midterm review A3 due last night;
Q7 due
     Wed. Nov. 2 Midterm Exam (in class) A4: concurrency (in Java);
T4 due Friday evening

     Mon. Nov. 7 Language mechanisms
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PLP 13.4

Type Systems
     Wed. Nov. 9 Type systems, type checking PLP 7.0–7.2
     Mon. Nov. 14 Polymorphism/Generics PLP 7.3–7.5; CS 7.3.2 Q8 due

Composite Types
     Wed. Nov. 16 Records and arrays PLP 8.0–8.4
     Mon. Nov. 21 Pointers, references, and dynamic storage management PLP 8.5

Scripting languages
     Wed. Nov. 23 Overview, Perl PLP 14.0–14.1, 14.2.4 (Perl), 14.4.2, 14.4.3 A4 due at noon
Q9 due

     (Thur. Nov. 24 Thanksgiving)

     Mon. Nov. 28 Stack management, parameter passing PLP 9.0–9.3 A5: Disassembler
     Wed. Nov. 30 Exceptions, events PLP 9.4.3, 9.6 Q10 due;
T5 due

Code generation and run-time systems
     Mon. Dec. 5 Code generation, assembly
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PLP 15.0–15.3, 15.5
     Wed. Dec. 7 Linking; the JVM PLP 15.6, 16.1.1 Q11 due

     Mon. Dec. 12 Review and implementation PLP 10.1–10.6.1 (skim all of it;
read 10.4 and 10.5 carefully)
     Wed. Dec. 14 Last day of class.  Final exam prep.  Perhaps an extra topic? (no reading assigned) A5 due Friday night

     Tue. Dec. 20 Final exam, 12:30–3:30pm

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