Princeton University
Computer Science Department

Computer Science 217
Introduction to Programming Systems

Andrew Appel

Fall 2016

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, McCosh Hall 10


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 CS Building 102 Dondero
2 MW 3:30PM-4:20PM CS Building 102 Dondero
3 MW 7:30PM-8:20PM CS Building 102 Bai
3A MW 7:30PM-8:20PM Friend Center 108 Mahajan
4 TTh 12:30PM-1:20PM CS Building 102 Gunawardena
4A TTh 12:30PM-1:20PM Friend Center 003 Zhang
5 TTh 1:30PM-2:20PM CS Building 102 Gunawardena
5A TTh 1:30PM-2:20PM Friend Center 003 Popovych
6 TTh 3:30PM-4:20PM CS Building 102 Petras
6A TTh 3:30PM-4:20PM Friend Center 003 Adewale
7A TTh 7:30PM-8:20PM Friend Center 110 Kapoor

Lead Instructor

Andrew Appel, Ph.D. : CS Building 306 :

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

Lead Preceptors

Robert Dondero, Ph.D. : CS Building 206 :

Office Hours: M 2:30PM, M 4:30PM, W 2:30PM, and W 4:30PM in CS Building 206 or CS Building 102

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

Office Hours: T 2:30PM and Th 2:30PM in CS Building 209

Ananda (Guna) Gunawardena, Ph.D. : 221 Nassau Street, Room 103 :

Office Hours: W 1:30PM, W 2:30PM, F 1:30PM, and F 2:30PM in 221 Nassau Street, Room 103


Oluwatosin (Tosin) Adewale :

Office Hours: T 4:30PM and F 12:30PM in Friend Center 010

Mingru (Ming) Bai :

Office Hours: M 8:30PM and W 8:30PM in CS Building 102

Akash Kapoor :

Office Hours: T 8:30PM and Th 6:30PM in Friend Center 110

Mayank Mahajan :

Office Hours: T 3:30PM and T 4:30PM in Friend Center 010

Sergiy Popovych :

Office Hours: T 2:30PM and Th 2:30PM in Friend Center 010

Hansen Zhang :

Office Hours: T 1:30PM and Th 1:30PM in CS Building 003

Graduate Grader

Gautam Sharma :

Office Hours: W 3:30PM and F 1:30PM in CS Building 003

Undergraduate Graders

Allison Chang :

Hun Choi :

Christina Huang :

Tommy Lomont :

Linhchi Nguyen :

Murilo Zanarella :

Julie Zhu :

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.