CMSC 330, Spring 2015

Organization of Programming Languages


Quick Reference

Software Installation

  • Download Ruby 1.9.3 for Windows here. Directions for other systems here.
  • Download OCaml 4.00.1 for Windows here. Directions for other systems here
  • Download SWI-prolog 6.6.1 for Windows here. Directions for other systems here.


  • - The main Ruby website.
  • Quick Start (Ruby in 20 minutes)
  • 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
  • Ruby documentation - 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.



Formal grammars and finite automata

Lambda calculus

Java and Threads

Java Generics

Java Garbage Collection

Ruby On Rails

  • Rails is a full-stack framework for developing database-backed web applications according to the Model-View-Control pattern.
  • Instant Rails is a single package containing Ruby, Rails, Apache, and MySQL, all pre-configured and ready to run without installation. Currently for Windows only.

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).
  • O'Reilly History of Programming Languages Poster

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