Princeton University
Computer Science Department

Computer Science 217
Introduction to Programming Systems

Andrew W. Appel

Spring 2005

General Information | Schedule | Assignments | Announcements | Policies

Course Summary

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


MW 10:00-10:50, Computer Science Building 105


  1. MW 1:30-2:20, Computer Science Building 302
  2. TTh 12:00-12:50, Computer Science Building 301
  3. TTh 1:30-2:20, Computer Science Building 301


Andrew Appel : Computer Science Building 409 : 609-258-4627 :
Office Hours: send e-mail for appointment, or just stop by (I can often be found in my office).


Robert Dondero : Computer Science Building 206 : 609-258-2211 :
Office Hours: MW 12:30-1:20, TTh 2:30-3:20, or by appointment

Undergraduate Coordinator: 

Tina McCoy : Computer Science Building 410 : 609-258-1746 :

Lab Teaching Assistants

Available in the Friend Center 017 and 016 labs as per this Lab Teaching Assistant schedule.


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):

Required (available online):

Highly Recommended (available at the University Bookstore, and on reserve in the Engineering Library):

Optional (available online):

Other (on reserve in the Engineering Library):

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 readings.

Academic Regulations

The Policies regarding collaboration and plagiarism are similar to those in COS 126. Please read them.