CSC3030 Programming Paradigms 1991 - 1996.

Department of Computer Science,
Monash University, Australia 3168.

Prac' marks.

Final exam time: Friday 21 June, 13.50, Caulfield

Haskell/Gofer demonstrations have now been held. If you have not given a demonstration see me a.s.a.p.

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Handbook Entry.

This subject examines alternative programming languages and paradigms such as functional programming, logic programming, string processing and object-oriented programming. Topics include syntax and specification techniques, control mechanisms, runtime environments, parameter passing methods, typing, polymorphic types, operators (overloading), coercion, recursion. Practical component: experience with some novel programming language(s).

Examination (2 hours) 70%.
Practical work and demonstration: 30%, due end of week 4 (29 March 1996), week 6 (19 April 1996) and week 9 (10 May 1996), all by 5pm, electronic submission. Demonstrations week 10 (13-17 May 1996).

D. A. Watt, Programming Language Concepts and Paradigms, Prentice Hall, 1990.

Recommended Text (esp' for prac' '96):
A. J. T. Davie, An Introduction to Functional Programming Systems Using Haskell, CUP 1992.


This course is about programming languages, their history, their present variety and structure, and what they could become in the future. To keep us honest there is practical work in at least one "weird" programming language. (It is not primarily a course about implementing programming languages although it does touch on such matters - see CSC3170 Compilers.)

Past Years.

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After successful completion of the unit, a student will (?)
  1. know the major attributes by which programming languages are judged,
  2. be familiar with the major features of important programming languages and their historical development,
  3. be able to analyse critically past, present and future programming languages,
  4. be able to write non-trivial programs in at least one novel programming language.

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