Princeton University
Computer Science Department

Computer Science 333
Advanced Programming Techniques

Robert Dondero

Spring 2020

General Information | Topics | Assignments | Project | Schedule | Policies

Course Description

The practice of programming. Emphasis is on the development of real programs, writing code but also assessing tradeoffs, choosing among design alternatives, debugging and testing, and improving performance. Issues include compatibility, robustness, and reliability, while meeting specifications. Students will have the opportunity to develop skills in these areas by working on their own code and in group projects.

Administrative Information


TTh 3:00PM-4:20PM, Friend Center 006

Lead Instructor:

Robert Dondero, Ph.D. : Corwin Hall 038 : 609-258-2211 :

Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30PM to 2:30PM in Corwin Hall 038 — and I often can meet with students at 4:30PM or later on Tuesdays and Thursdays when students request that I do so

Teaching Assistants:

Joseph Eichenhofer :

Office Hours: Mondays from 3:00PM to 5:00PM in CS Building 003

Zhuqi (Jeffery) Li :

Office Hours: Wednesdays from 3:00PM to 5:00PM in Friend Center 010

Yinji (Jace) Lu :

Office Hours: Saturdays from 2:00PM to 4:00PM in Friend Center 010

Elena Lucherini :

Office Hours: Thursdays from 7:30PM to 9:30PM in the Sherrerd Hall 3rd floor open space

Undergraduate Coordinator:

Colleen Kenny : CS Building 210 : 609-258-1746 :


The prerequisites for COS 333 are successful completion of COS 217 and COS 226.

You must have completed COS 217 successfully before taking COS 333.

It is possible to take COS 226 at the same time as COS 333. However, doing so is a bad idea unless you are a very good programer. Specifically, doing so is a bad idea unless you received at least a B+ grade in COS 217. If your COS 217 grade was less than B+ and you want to take COS 226 and COS 333 concurrently, then discuss the matter with the COS 333 lead instructor during the first week of the semester.


The course uses these textbooks:

Required Textbook

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

Recommended Textbooks

All of those books are available through the Princeton Library as e-books.

Academic Regulations

Please read the Policies, especially those regarding collaboration and plagiarism.

This page was written by Robert M. Dondero, Jr.