Princeton University
Computer Science Department

Computer Science 217
Introduction to Programming Systems

Vivek Pai

Spring 2014

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 10:00AM-10:50AM, Frist 302


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 preceptor, 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 TTh 12:30PM-1:20PM CS Building 102 Petras
4 TTh 1:30PM-2:20PM CS Building 102 Petras
5 TTh 3:30PM-4:20PM CS Building 102 Flynn
6 TTh 7:30PM-8:20PM CS Building 102 Mittal


Vivek Pai, Ph.D. : CS Building 322 :

Office Hours: By appointment in CS Building 322

Lead Preceptors

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

Office Hours: MW 2:30PM-3:20PM and MW 4:30PM-5:20PM in CS Building 206. I might be late if students have questions after precept. In that case feel free to see me in the precept classroom, CS Building 102.

Iasonas Petras, Ph.D. : CS Building 215 :

Office Hours: TTh 11:30PM-12:20PM and TTh 2:30PM-3:20PM in CS Building 215.


Margo Flynn : CS Building 003 :

Office Hours: T 4:30PM-5:20PM and T 5:30PM-6:20PM in CS Building 003.

Akshay Mittal : CS Building 001B :

Office Hours: TTh 8:30PM-9:20PM in CS Building 001B.

Undergraduate Graders

Dorothy Chen :

Matthew Colen :

Undergraduate Coordinator

Colleen Kenny-McGinley : CS Building 210 :

Lab Teaching Assistants

Available in the Friend Center 016 and 017 computer labs. 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.

Reference Manuals

The course uses these manuals, for reference only:

All are available at no cost through the course website.

Academic Regulations

Please study the course Policies, especially those regarding collaboration on assignments.