Sections 0101, 0102 and Honors
Tuesday September 5, 1995
Assigned Reading: Chapter 1
Handouts (available on-line):
- Administrative details: office hours, grading policy, project
policy and late policy. See handouts.
- A brief comparison of machine language, assembly language and
modern programming languages. Argued that the readability of
modern programming languages is an important feature ---
especially, since software needs frequent maintenance.
- Readable programs are also important because it helps us debug
programs. One reason that debugging is difficult is because
we cannot check every possible input to a program. There
are just too many possible inputs. Checking every case of a program
that adds 100 numbers with value between 1 and 100 takes more
centuries than there are atoms in the universe.
- Mentioned that "procedural abstraction" is a main theme of
this course. You'll find out by the end of the semester
what it really means.
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