Princeton University
Computer Science Department

Computer Science 217
Introduction to Programming Systems

Andrew Appel

Fall 2017

General Information | Schedule | Assignments | Announcements | Policies


The purpose of this course is to provide the fundamental background necessary to understand, design and implement the components of programming systems. Examples of such components include text editors, assemblers, compilers, loaders, interpreters, and portions of operating systems. The course is divided into three major parts: machine organization and assembly language programming, program design and development, and software tools.

Administrative Information


TTh 10:00AM-10:50AM, Friend 101


Please direct questions concerning your precept assignment to Colleen Kenny-McGinley, the CS Department's Undergraduate Coordinator. Colleen's contact information is provided later on this page. The course's professor, lead preceptors, and graduate student preceptors do not manage precept assignments.

Number Meeting Time Meeting Place Preceptor
1 MW 1:30PM-2:20PM Friend Center 009 Iasonas Petras
2 MW 3:30PM-4:20PM Friend Center 009 Iasonas Petras
3 MW 7:30PM-8:20PM Friend Center 009 Austin Le
4 TTh 12:30PM-1:20PM Engineering Quad A-Wing A224 Xiaoyan Li
4A TTh 12:30PM-1:20PM Sherrerd Hall 001 Donna Gabai
5 TTh 1:30PM-2:20PM Engineering Quad A-Wing A224 Xiaoyan Li
5A TTh 1:30PM-2:20PM Friend Center 110 Gregory W. Gundersen
6 TTh 3:30PM-4:20PM Friend Center 110 Donna Gabai
6A TTh 3:30PM-4:20PM Friend Center 111 Oluwatosin V. Adewale
7 TTh 7:30PM-8:20PM Friend Center 009 Seo Young Kyung

Lead Instructor

Andrew Appel, Ph.D. : CS Building 306 : appel@CS.Princeton.EDU

Office Hours: Fr 10:00AM and Fr 11:0AM in CS Building 306

Lead Preceptors

Xiaoyan Li, Ph.D. : 221 Nassau Street, Room 104 : xiaoyan@CS.Princeton.EDU

Office Hours: M 10:00AM, M 11:00AM, W 10:00AM and W 11:00AM in 221 Nassau Street, Room 104

Iasonas Petras, Ph.D. : CS Building 209 :

Office Hours: M 2:30PM, M 4:30PM, W 2:30PM and W 4:30PM in CS Building 209

Faculty Preceptor

Donna Gabai : CS Building 205 :

Office Hours: T 1:30PM, T 4:30PM, Th 6:00PM and Th 7:00PM in CS Building 205


Oluwatosin V. Adewale :

Office Hours: T 4:30PM and T 5:30PM in Friend Center 010

Gregory W. Gundersen :

Office Hours: T 11:00AM and Th 11:00AM in Friend Center 010

Seo Young Kyung :

Office Hours: Fr 12:30PM and Fr 1:30PM in Friend Center 010

Austin Le :

Office Hours: Fr 2:00PM and Fr 3:00PM in Friend Center 010

Undergraduate Graders

Gil Melnick :

Linhchi Nguyen :

Ali Taylor :

Michael Whitmore :

Murilo Zanarella :

Eitan Zlatin :

Undergraduate Coordinator

Colleen Kenny-McGinley : CS Building 210 :

Lab Teaching Assistants

Available in rooms Lewis Library 121 and Lewis Library 122. A lab teaching assistant schedule provides details.


COS 126. More specifically, you should have substantial programming experience using some high-level programming language such as Java. Prior experience with the C programming language is helpful but not essential.

Textbooks and Other Reading

The course uses these textbooks and manuals:

Required Textbook

That book is available in the University bookstore and is on reserve in the Engineering Library.

Highly Recommended Textbooks

Those books are available in the University bookstore and are on reserve in the Engineering Library.

Recommended Textbook

Reference Manuals

The course uses these manuals, for reference only:

Academic Regulations

Please study the course Policies, especially those regarding collaboration on assignments.