Princeton University
Computer Science Department

Computer Science 333
Advanced Programming Techniques

Robert Dondero

Spring 2023

General Information | Lectures | Assignments | Project | Schedule | Policies

Please direct questions about course enrollment to Colleen Kenny, the CS Department's Undergraduate Coordinator. Ms. Kenny's contact information is provided on this page. The course instructors do not manage the course's enrollment.

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


Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00PM to 4:20PM in Friend Center 006.

Lead Instructor:

Robert Dondero, Ph.D. :

Office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30PM to 2:20PM via Zoom at Throughout the semester I'll be happy to Zoom-meet with you outside of my regularly scheduled office hours by appointment.

Graduate Teaching Assistants:

Kuba Alicki :

Office hours: Wednesdays from 7:00PM to 7:50PM in Friend Center 010, and Fridays from 1:30PM to 2:20PM in Friend Center 010.

Brianna (Bri) Butler :

Office hours: Wednesdays from 12:30PM to 1:20PM in Friend Center 010, and Fridays from 11:00AM to 11:50AM via Zoom at

Nathan Finkle :

Office hours: Mondays from 1:30PM to 2:20PM via Zoom at, and Wednesdays from 1:30PM to 2:20PM in Friend Center 010.

Oleg Golev :

Office hours: Sundays from 1:30PM to 2:20PM in Friend Center 010, and Sundays from 2:30PM to 3:20PM in Friend Center 010.

Andrew Johnson :

Office hours: Tuesdays from 11:00AM to 11:50AM in Computer Science Building 214, and Thursdays from 11:00AM to 11:50AM in Computer Science Building 214.

When you join a Zoom office hour you'll be placed in the waiting room. The instructor will move you into the meeting when it's your turn.

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 programmer. 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 a 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.