CMSC 330, Fall 2007

Organization of Programming Languages

We meet in CSI 1115 on Tuesdays and Thursdays



  • Introduction to Ruby - A simple introduction to basic Ruby
  • The Pragmatic Programmer's Guide - "The Pickaxe Book" is a more comprehensive overview of Ruby. It's an online version of the first edition of a printed Ruby book. The only thing to keep in mind is that it covers Ruby 1.6, while you can buy the printed version which covers the current Ruby 1.8. We probably won't do anything for this course where the difference between version 1.6 and 1.8 would make much difference. There's a lot of information here which you won't need- the most relevant sections are the first fourteen listed (the first up through "Basic Input and Output"), then "When Trouble Strkes", "Ruby and Its World", and "The Ruby Language" and "Classes and Objects". These last two are good summary references for the language.
  • Ruby Class Reference
  • - The main Ruby website. Here you can download Ruby for both Linux/UNIX and Windows systems.
  • Ruby reference manuals - A list from of Ruby reference manuals, online sources of Ruby information (some of the ones which will probably be more useful are mentioned specifically below), and Ruby articles. If you want to buy a printed book about Ruby several are listed.
  • Ruby User's Guide - An English translation of a book written by the designer of the language. More of a language reference than a tutorial.
  • Ruby Central - Another website about Ruby. It has a Ruby FAQ which may have answers to some questions you might have.


Lambda calculus

Java and Threads

Java Generics

Java Garbage Collection

Formal grammars and finite automata

  • Book: Introduction to the Theory of Computation by Michael Sipser
    This book has lots of good explanation, but is a little high level for what we're doing. Still, it might be worth a look.
  • Wikipedia actually has good pages on some of these things (and the references they site are generally useful too):

Other relevant texts

Previous required texts for CMSC 330 have chapters on relevant topics covered in this course. If the lecture notes are insufficient, look for these books. They should be available in the university library.
  • Concepts of Programming Languages (Seventh Edition) by R. Sebesta, Addison Wesley (2006) (ISBN 0-321-33025-0).
  • Programming Languages: Design and Implementation (Fourth Edition) by T. Pratt and M. Zelkowitz, Prentice Hall (2001) (ISBN 0-13-027678-2).


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