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What programming languages are taught in CS

roborockroborock Registered User Posts: 68 Junior Member
edited November 2006 in Engineering Majors
What are the common programming languages taught at most undergrad comp. sci. programs? I already know C++ and Java, I'm curious to know what else there is.
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Replies to: What programming languages are taught in CS

  • wrpricewrprice Registered User Posts: 268 Junior Member
    IMHO, the _good_ undergraduate CS programs don't teach languages. They teach problem-solving. The languages are just tools.

    The languages used by courses at Rice, where I graduated, were (in rough order):
    1. Scheme
    2. Java
    3. C / C++
    4. assembly
    5. Jam*
    6. C#

    * we didn't actually write programs in this language, but we wrote parsers and interpreters for it, so we had to "know" it
  • flopsyflopsy Registered User Posts: 8,368 Senior Member
    At UCLA, so far I have learned:
  • manofsteeletr88manofsteeletr88 Registered User Posts: 45 Junior Member
    anybody have to learn machine code?
  • jbuscjbusc Registered User Posts: 2,252 Senior Member
    Yeah, at USC, m68k assembly language is part of the first-semester computer architecture class. And you use it from every level, from writing programs in assembly, to translating assembly instructions to machine code, to designing circuits that process that machine code (yes, we get to build a subset of a m68k processor. A small subset :))

    And before anyone says anything about m68k being outdated, yes, it is, but it is a classic example of an extremely well-designed orthogonal CISC instruction set that is fairly simple as well.

    And yes, CS and computer engineering courses teach concepts, so really it's quite unimportant which language is used.
  • wrpricewrprice Registered User Posts: 268 Junior Member
    Yeah, we had to do some RISC (SPARC) machine code at Rice.
  • GLOBALTRAVELERGLOBALTRAVELER Registered User Posts: 2,884 Senior Member
    At Michigan State (late 80's/early 90's)..it was:

    * C/C++
    * Lisp
    * Pascal
    * Prolog
    * Assembly
  • jdhutchinjdhutchin Registered User Posts: 320 Member
    The focus of CS is what you write, not what language you write it in. Some languages are better tools for certain problems than other languages, so you use them. Once you're a good programmer, it doesn't take much to learn a new language either.
  • UB-Vinny77UB-Vinny77 - Posts: 678 Member
    CS is not about learning languages, its about using ADT's.
  • flopsyflopsy Registered User Posts: 8,368 Senior Member
    You can't use ADT's without a programming language to implement them. :rolleyes:
  • jbuscjbusc Registered User Posts: 2,252 Senior Member
    *cough* lisp

  • UB-Vinny77UB-Vinny77 - Posts: 678 Member
    sure you can, where did ya learn that.
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