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Liberating Programming: System Development for Everyone

Weizmann Institute of Science and Holon Institute of Technology via edX

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Overview

The world around us is immersed in technology. This technology is ultimately driven by programming and is governed by its laws. As a result, high-level knowledge of means for programming ‒ past, present, and most importantly, future ‒ has become of crucial interest to many.

This course is designed to teach almost anyone about the essence of programming. You'll learn about diverse types of existing programming paradigms, about how programming has evolved over the years, and, significantly, about what lies ahead in the future.

In the main part of the course, we will present some visual, diagrammatic programming languages for reactive systems, as well as some of the more recent, playful, and intuitive approaches to programming.

We aim to help people interested in technology, as well as budding computer science students, to better understand the various approaches to programming that increasingly shape our lives.

Syllabus

  1. Introduction to programming, the development of programming languages, reactive systems and the definition of programming.
  2. Visual programming languages and visual formalisms. The challenges of visual languages, and overview of possible languages.
  3. Introduction to the executable programming language of Statecharts. Concepts of hierarchy and orthogonality.
  4. Advanced statecharts and the semantics of statecharts.
  5. The paradigm of behavioral programming. The executable language of live sequence charts (LSCs). Event unification.
  6. Play-In and programming by demonstration. Controlled natural language and interfaces to programming, show & tell, drag & drop.
  7. Advanced concepts in LSCs. Choice, forbidden scenarios and more...
  8. Summary and the future of programming.

Taught by

David Harel and Dr. Michal Gordon

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5.0 5 months ago
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I'm really glad to attend this course. Although it's delivered in the fun way, but it's still insightful.

Frankly speaking, this one is my first course, which I've registered myself as the verified one.

I'd like to express my gratitude to the lecturers, Prof. David Harel and Dr. Michal Gordon.

Please keep it up. Honestly, I still hope that this course will be continued.

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Anonymous
4.0 5 months ago
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Nice course and full of new information, I hope we can see another in-depth course for learning the logic of programming
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4.0 5 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Hello!

It was a very funny course. It was easy to follow. But at the same time I learned some very powerful tools. With these tools you can even simulate the behavior of a living being.

Further more, the teacher Michal was always there to respond to the questions.

An inspiring course.

Majoar
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