Princeton University
Computer Science Department

Computer Science 217
Introduction to Programming Systems

Andrew Appel

Fall 2018

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

You will need an iClicker for lectures. If you don't have one, buy it at Labyrinth Books (approx. $30), or buy a used one from a fellow student. No need to buy anything fancier than the base model. After you buy it, register it on Blackboard: go into the COS217 course in blackboard, click on "tools", then "iClicker student registration."


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 Donna Gabai
2 MW 3:30PM-4:20PM Friend Center 009 Donna Gabai
3 MW 7:30PM-8:20PM Friend Center 009 Seo Young Kyung
4 TTh 12:30PM-1:20PM Friend Center 009 Xiaoyan Li
4A TTh 12:30PM-1:20PM Friend Center 110 Alberto Mizrahi Benmaman
5 TTh 1:30PM-2:20PM Friend Center 009 Xiaoyan Li
5A TTh 1:30PM-2:20PM Friend Center 110 Jiashuo Zhang
6 TTh 3:30PM-4:20PM Friend Center 110 Austin Le
6A TTh 3:30PM-4:20PM Friend Center 111 Logan Stafman

Lead Instructor

Andrew Appel, Ph.D. : CS Building 209 : appel@CS.Princeton.EDU

Office Hours: Fr 10:00AM and Fr 11:00AM in CS Building 209

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

Donna Gabai : Corwin 039 :

Office Hours: Th 7:00PM, Th 8:00PM, Sun 3:00pm, Sun 4:00pm in Lewis Library 121


Seo Young Kyung :

Office Hours: M 3:00PM, W 3:00PM in Friend Center 010

Austin Le :

Office Hours: Tu 4:30PM, Tu 5:30pm in Friend Center 010

Alberto Mizrahi Benmaman :

Office Hours: Fr 11:00AM, Fr 12 noon in Friend Center 010

Logan Stafman :

Office Hours: Tu 2:30PM, Th 2:30PM in Friend Center 010

Jiashuo (Josh) Zhang :

Office Hours: M 4:00PM, W 4:00PM in Friend Center 010

Undergraduate Graders

Tom Colen :

Markos Markakis :

Ryan McCaffrey :

Lachlan McCarty :

Gil Melnick :

Sahan Paliskara:

Alexandra Palocz:

Vinay Ramesh :

Sabarish Sainathan :

Shiye Su :

Phillip Taylor :

Justin Yan :

Murilo Zanarella :

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.