Welcome to CSC 253!
When you finish this course, you will understand the main language concepts and implementation principles that underlie Python, a popular dynamic language used in domains such as research, data science, Web programming, gaming, and education. This knowledge will both be intellectually interesting to you as a computer scientist, and also practical in allowing you to quickly learn new kinds of languages on-demand in the future.
CSC 253 is a systems-oriented course that complements what you learn in more theoretical sorts of programming languages and compilers courses.
CSC 253 is a small studio-style course where everyone can fit around a table. Thus, we will spend a lot of time engaging in active discussions about code rather than presenting standard PowerPoint-style lectures.
Also, this course is unique in that most of the graded work is in the form of student-written technical blog posts. Why this format? Because having students communicate their knowledge via clear, compelling, and concise writing is one of the best ways for them to demonstrate mastery of the course material. And getting opportunities to improve one's technical writing skills via in-class peer critiques is broadly useful regardless of one's future career direction.