Programming Languages


Stanford School of Engineering



There is tremendous diversity in computer programming languages, and new languages are often created to solve new problems and fix old problems.

This course covers the basic concepts and design tradeoffs of programming languages. Examine different languages and compare their properties as well as the cost-benefits of different implementations. The first half of the course focuses on functions, types, scope, storage management, exceptions, and continuations. The second half covers object-oriented features and concurrency.


CS107, or experience with Lisp, C, and an object-oriented language.

Topics include

  • Language design trade-offs
  • Implementation considerations
  • Functional, imperative and object-oriented paradigms
  • Formal semantic methods and program analysis
  • Higher order functions and closures
  • Runtime support for language features
  • Security issues

Note on Course Availability

The course schedule is displayed for planning purposes – courses can be modified, changed, or cancelled. Course availability will be considered finalized on the first day of open enrollment. For quarterly enrollment dates, please refer to our graduate education section.

028 Winter 2020-21 Online
Dates:January 11 - March 19, 2021
Units: 3.00-4.00
Instructors: Alex Aiken
Delivery Option:
For Credit $4,056.00-$5,408.00
Notes: Pre-registration Dates: November 2, 2020 at 9:00am to December 4, 2020 at 5:00pm

Computer Science Department Requirement
Students taking graduate courses in Computer Science must enroll for the maximum number of units and maintain a B or better in each course in order to continue taking courses under the Non Degree Option.

Pre-registration for this course will secure your enrollment request and ensure timely processing of your application for potential course approval. Please note: course enrollment will be confirmed after December 11, 2020; after completing your pre-registration, no further action is required on your part.


This course may not currently be available to learners in some states and territories.