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Introducing computer science undergraduates to principles of programming through a functional language

  • E. T. Keravnou
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1022)

Abstract

The paper discusses experience, over a three year period, at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Cyprus, in introducing undergraduate students in Computer Science to principles of programming (modularity, abstraction, genericity) through a functional language, and more specifically the language Miranda. The viability of this approach as well as the consequences for other courses in the curriculum, as evidenced in practice, are analysed.

Keywords

Functional Programming Functional Language Processing Entity Vacant Position Programming Assignment 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • E. T. Keravnou
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of CyprusNicosiaCyprus

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