Paradigms of Computer Programming – Fundamentals - Université catholique de Louvain



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This course covers functional, object-oriented, and declarative dataflow programming in a unified framework, with practical code fragments and a simple semantics.With this course you earn while you learn, you gain recognized qualifications, job specific skills and knowledge and this helps you stand out in the job market.

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Requirements: Basic knowledge of programming in at least one programming language. For the semantics, basic knowledge of mathematical concepts such as sets, lists, and functions.


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What you'll learn on the course

Computer Programming
Computer Science
Design algorithms

Course programme

Louv1.1x and Louv1.2x together give an introduction to all major programming concepts, techniques, and paradigms in a unified framework. We cover the three main programming paradigms: functional, object-oriented, and declarative dataflow.

The two courses are targeted toward people with a basic knowledge of programming. It will be most useful to beginning programming students, but the unconventional approach should be insightful even to seasoned professionals.

Louv1.1x covers fundamental concepts. You’ll learn functional programming, its techniques and its data structures. You’ll use simple formal semantics for all concepts, and see those concepts illustrated with practical code that runs on the accompanying open-source platform, the Mozart Programming System.

Louv1.2x covers data abstraction, state, and concurrency. You’ll learn the four ways to do data abstraction and discuss the trade-offs between objects and abstract data types. You’ll be exposed to deterministic dataflow, the most useful paradigm for concurrent programming, and learn how it avoids race conditions.

What you'll learn

  • How to specify problems, break them down into their basic steps, and design algorithms and abstractions to solve them
  • How to choose the right programming paradigm and write a program in this paradigm to solve a problem
  • How to use formal semantics to reason about program correctness
  • How to write small concurrent programs in the deterministic dataflow paradigm

Additional information

Peter Van Roy Peter Van Roy is full professor of Computing Science and Engineering at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.  He is well-known for the textbook « Concepts, Techniques, and Models of Computer Programming » that explains many difficult programming concepts in a simple and insightful way.   For more than ten years he has been teaching two popular programming courses at UCL based on this approach.  His research is focused on the general theme of increasing the expressive power of programming languages, with a special focus on large-scale distributed computing.  He uses a combination of theory and practical system building to understand how to simplify programming and bring it to a higher level.