14 Oct - 21 Nov
$1800Apply for this course
Most programmers learn languages, whereas most computer scientists learn about languages.
This gives the computer scientist a distinct advantage over the programmer, even in the domain of programming! Their knowledge generalizes; they are able to understand the operation of a new language more deeply and expeditiously than those who have merely learnt specific languages.
The course is scoped to give software engineers a first look under the covers of popular languages and their implementations. Compared to a typical compilers course, some of the details of compiler design are treated summarily, so as to afford more time building a stronger understanding of the general design of languages and operation of compilers and interpreters.
This course assumes confident programming ability in any language. Familiarity with computer architecture is also advantageous.
This course will next be taught by
Tom is a software engineer at Dropbox, prior to which he was the first facilitator at Recurse Center, a programming workshop for experienced programmers. For four years he helped participants learn new programming languages, build fancy terminal UIs and discover concurrent network programming, which resulted in a lot of BitTorrent clients being built.