Department of Computer Science

Com S 342: Principles of Programming Languages

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This is the homepage of Com S 342, an undergraduate course on principles of programming languages, as taught by Hridesh Rajan in Spring 2009 at Iowa State University. These pages make the course related materials available.



Teaching Assistant

Hridesh Rajan   Sean Mooney

Class Schedule


Discussion Section

TR 2:10 - 3:30pm in Pearson 2115   W 9:00 -9:50am and W 4:10 - 5:00pm in Gilman 0312

Office Hours (Instructor)


Office Hours (TA)

T 3:40 - 5:00pm in Atanasoff 101   TR 1:00 - 2:00pm in Pearson 0145


  • Essentials of Programming Languages, 3rd Edition by Friedman and Wand
  • The Little Schemer, 4th Edition by Friedman and Felleisen
  • [Recommended] Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, 2nd Edition by Abelson and Sussman. This book is available here.

Other Relevant Courses

  • Com S 541: graduate course on design and semantics of programming languages. If you have done well in 342, you may want to consider this.
  • Com S 610-HR: advanced topics in program analysis
  • Com S 641: semantic models of programming languages (graduate course)
  • Com S 362: Object-oriented Analysis and Design (undergraduate course)