Semantics of programming languages2016VT
No of lectures
~ 12 * 2h
Anybody interested in theoretical aspects of computer science and in precise reasoning about program correctness.
The course was last given
Introduction to formal description techniques for defining semantics
of programming languages. Introduction to program verification.
We believe this knowledge is necessary for everybody interested in program correctness, or in formal methods of software engineering.
Some degree of mathematical maturity; courses on discrete mathematics,
mathematical logic, and formal languages. Some programming
experience and familiarity with a few programming languages.
(A lab assignment under consideration.)
The core of the course:
- operational semantics (small step and big step approach)
- brief overview of denotational semantics
- axiomatic semantics, proving program correctness, and basics of
systematic construction of provably correct programs.
Hanne Riis Nielson, Flemming Nielson: Semantics with Applications: An Appetizer. Springer, 2007.
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