Computer Science 217
Introduction to Programming Systems
Andrew W. Appel
General Information |
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.
MW 10:00-10:50, Computer Science Building 105
- MW 1:30-2:20, Computer Science Building 302
- TTh 12:00-12:50, Computer
Science Building 301
- TTh 1:30-2:20, Computer Science Building 301
Andrew Appel : Computer Science Building
409 : 609-258-4627 : firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: send e-mail for appointment, or just stop by (I can often
be found in my office).
: Computer Science Building 206 : 609-258-2211 : email@example.com
Office Hours: MW 12:30-1:20, TTh 2:30-3:20, or by appointment
McCoy : Computer Science Building 410 : 609-258-1746 : firstname.lastname@example.org
Lab Teaching Assistants
Available in the Friend Center 017 and 016 labs as per this
Lab Teaching Assistant
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
Required (available at the University Bookstore):
- C Programming: A Modern Approach, K. N. King, Norton & Co. 1996.
- The Practice of Programming, Brian W. Kernighan and Rob Pike,
Required (available online):
Highly Recommended (available at the University Bookstore, and on reserve in
the Engineering Library):
- Programming with GNU Software, Michael K. Loukides & Andrew Oram,
Optional (available online):
Other (on reserve in the Engineering Library):
- Artificial Intelligence, Elaine Rich, McGraw-Hill 1990.
- Machine Learning, Tom M. Mitchell, McGraw-Hill, 1997.
- The C Programming Language (second edition), Brian W. Kernighan and
Dennis M. Ritchie, Prentice-Hall 1988.
- C: A Reference Manual (any recent edition), Samuel P. Harbison &
Guy L. Steele, Prentice-Hall 1994.
- C Interfaces and Implementations, David R. Hanson, Addison-Wesley
Note: You may use different editions of the textbooks, but if so then
you are responsible for figuring out any changes in section numbers for the
The Policies regarding
collaboration and plagiarism are similar to those in COS 126.
Please read them.