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Comments on several years of teaching of modelling programming language concepts

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Joey Coleman, Nigel Jefferson, Professor Cliff JonesORCiD



This paper describes an undergraduate course taught at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne titled Understanding Programming Languages. The main thrust of the course is to understand how language concepts can be modelled and explored using semantics. Specifically, structural operational semantics (SOS) is taught as a convenient and light-weight way of recording and experimenting with features of procedural programming languages. We outline the content, discuss the contentious issue of tool support and relate experiences.

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Author(s): Coleman JW, Jefferson NP, Jones CB

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: School of Computing Science Technical Report Series

Year: 2006

Pages: 6

Print publication date: 01/07/2006

Source Publication Date: July 2006

Report Number: 978

Institution: School of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne