[BangPypers] [OT] Online offering of the course "Introduction to Programming Languages"

Anand Chitipothu anandology at gmail.com
Thu Aug 23 06:34:46 CEST 2012

On Wed, Aug 22, 2012 at 1:07 PM, Sateesh Kumar <sateeshpyper at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> Slightly OT, Brown university is offering their course  "Introduction
> to Programming Languages" [1] available
> for free on the Web.
> Interestingly second and third months of the course would cover Python
> in detail.
> >From the course outline: [2]
> "In the first month of the course, we will go through the semantics
> engineering process in the
>  small: you will be given an illustrative little language built by us,
> whose meaning you must completely decipher.
> (We use the phrase “decipher” intentionally: most real-world languages
> are under- or poorly specified,
> so almost all of them at least slightly resemble hieroglyphics.) In
> the remaining two months, you will repeat
> this exercise in the large: namely, for Python. By the end of the
> semester, then, a completely successful student will
> have an authoritative knowledge of Python and will have created a
> full, independent implementation of it.
> Naturally, we don't expect very many students to be completely successful."
> reg,
> sateesh
> 1. http://www.cs.brown.edu/courses/cs173/2012/OnLine/
> 2. http://www.cs.brown.edu/courses/cs173/2012/

Anybody taking course?

I'm planning to take this and solve all quizzes, minor project and
major project.

If there is enough interest, we can try to have a BoF session at PyCon
India 2012.


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