(also available by appointment)
|Jeff Foster||3423 AVW||jfoster at cs||Tue 10-11:30am, Wed 1-2pm|
|Michael Ekstrom||4103 AVW||ekstrom at umd||Mon 12-2pm, Tue 12:30-1:30pm, Wed 12-1pm|
|Ivan Pfefferkorn||4103 AVW||ivanpfeff at gmail||Mon 10:30-11:30am, Wed 10:30am-12pm, Fri 12:00-1:30pm|
|Location||1122 CSIC (subject to change until the start of the semester)|
|Midterm 1||Wed, Oct 7, in class|
|Midterm 2||Wed, Nov 11, in class|
|Final||Thu, Dec 17, 1:30-3:30pm, 1122 CSIC|
|Textbooks||There are no required or recommended texts. See the resources page for useful online links.|
|Mon, Dec 14||10am-2pm - Michael|
|Tue, Dec 15||10am-1:45pm - Jeff; 3:30-5:00pm - Michael|
|Wed, Dec 16||10am-4pm - Ivan|
|Thu, Dec 17||11am-1:30pm - Jeff|
The goal of CMSC 430 is to arm students with the ability to design, implement, and extend a programming language. Throughout the course, students will design and implement several related languages, and will explore parsing, syntax querying, dataflow analysis, compilation to bytecode, type systems, and language interoperation.
|Sep 7||Labor Day||Lexing and Parsing
|Sep 14||Lexing and Parsing
|Lexing and Parsing
|Sep 21||Lexing and Parsing
|Sep 28||Operational Semantics||Operational Semantics
|Oct 5||Intermediate Representations
Practice problems - parsing (sample soln)
Practice problems - operational semantics (sample soln)
|Oct 12||Code Generation
|Oct 19||Code Generation||Optimization
Data Flow Analysis
|Guest Lecture: Symbolic Execution, Kris Micinski|
|Nov 2||Data Flow Analysis||Data Flow Analysis
|Nov 9||Data Flow Analysis||Midterm 2
Practice problems - data flow analysis (sample soln)
|Nov 16||Type Systems
|Nov 23||Type Systems
Watch Growing a Language (Transcript)
|Nov 30||Register Allocation||Project 0 Discussion|
|Dec 7||Project 0 Discussion
Types for Ruby
|Final exam review!
Practice problems - type systems (sample soln)
|Project 0||Learn about some languages|
|Project 1||OCaml warmup|
|Project 2||Unit calculator|
|Project 3||RubeVM interpreter|
|Project 4||Simpl compiler|
|Project 5||Rube compiler|
|Project 6||Rube type checker|
|Prerequisites:||Minimum grade of C- in CMSC330 and CMSC351; and permission of CMNS-Computer Science department. Or must be in the (Computer Science (Doctoral), Computer Science (Master's)) program.|
Programming projects will be developed on the GRACE cluster.
If you have access to another system you are welcome to do your development there instead, but all project submissions must work correctly on the GRACE cluster, and your projects will be graded solely based on their results on the cluster (by the submit server). Because language and library versions may vary with the installation, in unfortunate circumstances a program might work perfectly on your system but not work at all on the cluster. Thus we strongly recommend that if you develop any project on another system, you should complete it several days early to have time to address any compatibility problems.
Office hours for the instructional staff will be posted on the course web page a few days into the semester.
While we will provide assistance with assignments during office hours, you are responsible for developing and debugging your own programs. Do not rely on the instructional staff to make your project work.
Important announcements will be made in class or on Piazza. Please make it a habit to check Piazza daily, and/or sign up to receive email when updates are posted to Piazza. You may also use the class web forum to ask general questions of interest to the class as a whole, e.g., administrative issues or project clarification questions. Please do not post any information that would violate the university academic integrity policy.
You are responsible for all material discussed in lecture and posted on the class web page, including announcements, deadlines, policies, etc. During the semester we may provide ungraded practice homework exercises and solutions. While we will not collect these exercises, completing them is essential preparation for exams. You may work together on these ungraded homeworks, and you may of course come to office hours for additional help.
Your final course grade will be determined according to the following percentages:
|5-6 Programming projects||40%|
|Meet your professor||1%|
Any request for reconsideration of any grading on coursework must be submitted within one week of when it is returned. Exam regrading requests must be made in writing. Any coursework submitted for reconsideration may be regraded in its entirety, which could result in a lower score if warranted.
Final course grades will be curved as necessary, based on each student's total numeric score for all coursework at the end of the semester. Important: Completing the programming assignments is an essential part of the course. Therefore, we may fail any student who does not make a good-faith attempt on all course projects, regardless of the student's performance or scores on the other coursework.
Projects must be submitted electronically following the instructions given in class. Projects may not be submitted by any other means (e.g., please do not email your projects to us). It is your responsibility to test your program and verify that it works properly before submitting. All projects are due at 11:59:59pm on the day indicated on the project assignment, according to the submission server's internal clock.
Projects may be submitted up to 24 hours late for a 10% penalty. For example, a project that would earn 90 points for an on-time submission will earn 81 (which is 90 times 0.90) if submitted late. Note that your project score as it appears on the project submission server will not include any late penalties. Any penalties will be incorporated into the final project grade on the grade server. If you submit both on-time and late, your project will received the maximum of the penalty-adjusted scores.
Project extensions will not be granted due to system problems, network problems, power outages, etc., so do not wait to submit a project until the night it is due. You may submit multiple times up to the deadline, and only your last on-time submission is graded. Similarly, if you submit late, only your last submission before the deadline will be graded. You will receive the maximum of your on-time and late score (with penalty applied) for each project. No consideration in grading will be made for errors made in transferring files or submitting the wrong version of your project. Having a working, unsubmitted version will not count; only submitted code will be be counted.
Unlike lower-level programming classes, we will not provide you with test cases before projects are due. Instead, you will be responsible for developing your own techniques for testing your projects. To reiterate: your projects will be graded based on test cases not provided in advance. Because grading is done automatically, you must follow the project specification exactly. Also, while projects will generally not be graded on style or documentation, we reserve the right to manually grade program source code for some projects.
Finally, any "hard coding" in a project assignment will result in a score of zero for that project, and is considered a bad-faith effort. Hard coding refers to attempting to make a program appear as if it works correctly, when in fact it does not. One example of hard coding would be printing the desired output instead of computing it. This is only one example, and if you have any questions as to what constitutes hard coding, be sure to ask ahead of time.
The class includes one midterm and a final exam. Tentative dates for the exams will be posted on the class web site. The exact dates will be confirmed later, and may vary due to the progress of lecture and other factors. We will let you know the exact dates well in advance.
Besides the policies in this syllabus, the University's policies apply during the semester. Various policies that may be relevant appear in the Undergraduate Catalog.
If you experience difficulty during the semester keeping up with the academic demands of your courses, you may consider contacting the Learning Assistance Service in 2201 Shoemaker Building at (301) 314-7693. Their educational counselors can help with time management issues, reading, note-taking, and exam preparation skills.
Any student who needs to be excused for an absence from a single lecture, recitation, or lab due to a medically necessitated absence shall: a) Make a reasonable attempt to inform the instructor of his/her illness prior to the class. b) Upon returning to the class, present their instructor with a self-signed note attesting to the date of their illness. Each note must contain an acknowledgment by the student that the information provided is true and correct. Providing false information to University officials is prohibited under Part 9(i) of the Code of Student Conduct (V-1.00(B) University of Maryland Code of Student Conduct) and may result in disciplinary action.
The self-documentation may not be used for the Major Scheduled Grading Events as defined below. and it may only be used for only 1 class meeting during the semester. Any student who needs to be excused for a prolonged absence (2 or more consecutive class meetings), or for a Major Scheduled Grading Event, must provide written documentation of the illness from the Health Center or from an outside health care provider. This documentation must verify dates of treatment and indicate the timeframe that the student was unable to meet academic responsibilities. In addition, it must contain the name and phone number of the medical service provider to be used if verification is needed. No diagnostic information will ever be requested. The Major Scheduled Grading Events for this course include: both midterms and the final exam.
It is the University's policy to provide accommodations for students with religious observances conflicting with exams, but it is the your responsibility to inform the instructor in advance of intended religious observances. Written notice must be provided immediately upon an exam date being announced or confirmed in order for an absence to be excused. If you have a conflict with one of the planned exams, you must inform us prior to the end of the first two weeks of the class.
For missed exams due to excused absences, the instructor will arrange a makeup exam. However, unless immediate notice is given as early as possible of the reason for any missed coursework, an excused absence may not be granted. If you might miss an exam for any other reason other than those above, you must contact the instructor in advance to discuss the circumstances. We are not obligated to offer a substitute assignment or to provide a makeup exam unless the failure to perform was due to an excused absence.
The policies for excused absences do not apply to project assignments. Projects will be assigned with sufficient time to be completed by students who have a reasonable understanding of the necessary material and begin promptly. In cases of extremely serious documented illness of lengthy duration or other protracted, severe emergency situations, the instructor may consider extensions on project assignments, depending upon the specific circumstances.
The Campus Senate has adopted a policy asking students to include the following statement on each examination or assignment in every course: "I pledge on my honor that I have not given or received any unauthorized assistance on this examination (or assignment)." Consequently, you will be requested to include this pledge on each exam and project.
Programming projects are to be written individually, therefore cooperation or use of unauthorized materials on projects is a violation of the University's Code of Academic Integrity. Project solutions may not be posted online. Any evidence of this, or of unacceptable use of computer accounts, use of unauthorized materials or cooperation on exams or quizzes, or other possible violations of the Honor Code, will be submitted to the Student Honor Council, which could result in an XF for the course, suspension, or expulsion.
Violations of the Code of Academic Integrity may include, but are not limited to:
If you have any question about a particular situation or source then consult with the instructors in advance. Should you have difficulty with a programming assignment you should see the instructional staff in office hours, and not solicit help from anyone else in violation of these rules.
It is the responsibility, under the honor policy, of anyone who suspects an incident of academic dishonesty has occurred to report it to their instructor, or directly to the Honor Council.
Every semester the department has discovered a number of students attempting to cheat on project assignments, in violation of academic integrity requirements. Students' academic careers have been significantly affected by a decision to cheat. Think about whether you want to join them before contemplating cheating, or before helping a friend to cheat.
You are welcome and encouraged to study and compare or discuss their implementations of the programming projects with any others after they are graded, provided that all of the students in question have received nonzero scores for that project assignment, and if that project will not be extended upon in a later project assignment.
Here are books you may be interested in if you want to go into much more depth on some of the class material, and in many cases beyond it. None of these is required for the class. The books with boldfaced titles are particularly good.