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CSE 374 Programming Concepts and Tools - Winter 2011
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Meetings: MWF 12:30-1:20, MGH 241


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Staff & Office Hours

Instructor: Hal Perkins; perkins(at)cs; CSE 548, office hours MW 2-3..
TA: Laura Marshall; lmarsh16(at)cs; office hours Th 3:30-4:30, CSE 220; F 1:30-2:30, CSE 218
TA: Orkhan Muradov; orkhan(at)cs; office hours T 2:30-3:30, CSE 218


Dropbox for assignment submissions

Assignment dates are tentative and may be changed, but these might be useful for planning.

Homework 0, due Wed. Jan. 5 at 11 pm.
Homework 1, due Sun. Jan. 9 at 11 pm.
Homework 2, due Sun. Jan. 16 at 11 pm.
Homework 3, due Sun. Jan. 23 at 11 pm.
Homework 4, due Thur. Feb. 3 at 11 pm.
Homework 5, due Thur. Feb. 17 at 11 pm.
Homework 6, due: Partner info, Sat. Feb. 19 at noon; Headers and skeleton code, Thur. Feb. 24 at 11 pm (no late assignments for this part); Final code, Thur., Mar. 3, at 11 pm.
Homework 7, due Fri. Mar. 11 at 11 pm.

You have up to four (4) late days to use during the quarter, no more than two (2) of which can be used on any one assignment. For assignments done with partners, late days can only be used if both partners have them available.


Here is a selection of exams from CSE 374 and the related course, CSE 303. Different offerings of these courses covered slightly different things. You won't be tested on things we did not do this quarter.

This quarter's midterm:  exam   sample solution
CSE 374 midterms:  sp10 (solution)   sp09  (solution)
Some CSE 303 midterms: wi09 (solution); au08 (solution); sp08 (solution); au07 (solution)

This quarter's final:  exam  sample solution
CSE 374 final exams:  sp10 (solution)  sp09  (solution)
Some CSE 303 final exams: wi09 (solution); au08 (solution); sp08 (solution); au07 (solution)


Class Materials

Tentative schedule to be updated as the quarter progresses. Slides will be usually be posted no later than the night before class. Sample code and other files will be posted shortly after the corresponding lecture. The links below will not work until the corresponding material is posted.

1. Jan. 3: Course Introduction, Shell Basics slides
2. Jan. 5: Processes, Users, Shell Special Characters, Emacs slides; A command sampler slides; shell history from lecture
3. Jan. 7: I/O Redirection, Shell Scripts;  slides, scripts, large picture, shell history
4. Jan. 10: Shell Variables, More Shell Scripts; slides, scripts, shell history
5. Jan. 12: Regular Expressions (and more), grep, Other Utilities; slides shell history
6. Jan. 14: Regular expressions and grep (concl.), sed;  slides shell history
X. Jan. 17: No class, MLK Day
7. Jan. 19: Introduction to C  slides
8. Jan. 21:C: Control constructs, declarations, preprocessor intro, printf  slides
9. Jan. 24: C: cont. shell history, printargs.c demo program
10. Jan. 26: C: locals, left vs. right expressions  slides
11. Jan. 28: C: malloc/free  slides
12. Jan. 31: Tools: gdb (start)  slides  gdb manual  original reverse.c  debugging transcript  final reverse.c
13. Feb. 2: malloc/free and debugging wrapup
14. Feb. 4: C: Structs, linked lists, and casts  slides  sample code: structs.c  list.c
15. Feb. 7: Midterm, in class
16. Feb. 9: Next assignment & tries;
17. Feb. 11: Preprocessor revisited, multifile programs slides
18. Feb. 14: Tools: Make and build dependencies  slides  demo project  shell history
19. Feb. 16: Memory management and hw6
20. Feb. 18: Version control and svn demo slides  shell histories: natasha  boris; subversion book
X. Feb. 21: No class, Presidents' Day
21. Feb. 23: Loose ends: memory manager project; makefiles; svn
22. Feb. 25: Project; Testing  slides
23. Feb. 28: Specification  slides
24. Mar. 2: C++: intro  slides;  example classes: BankAccount  string ;  cplusplus.com tutorial  Google C++ Style Guide
25. Mar. 4: C++:
26. Mar. 7: C++: subclasses and inheritance  slides  property classes demo; function pointers (skipped - no time) slides funcptr demo
27. Mar. 9: Shared-memory concurrency slides; wrapup
28. Mar. 11: No class
X. Wed., Mar. 16: Final exam review, 4:30 pm, EEB 045
X. Thur., Mar. 17: Final exam, 8:30-10:20 am.

Computing Resources

A Quick-And-Dirty Getting-Started Guide
UW CSE Home Virtual Machines (e.g., Linux)


Linux Pocket Guide by Daniel J. Barrett, O'Reilly, 2004 (required)
The C Programming Language by Brian W. Kernighan & Dennis M. Ritchie, Prentice-Hall, 2nd ed., 1988 (optional - K&R is a classic that all programmers should read. You may find it useful for this course as a source of examples and explanations about C beyond what you can find in reference sources.)

Other Books & Resources

C: A Reference Manual by Samuel P. Harbison, Guy L. Steele. Prentice Hall, 5th ed., 2002.
Programming in C by Stephen Kochan, Sams, 3rd ed., 2005.
Many useful Unix books published by O'Reilly and others are available online through the UW library as part of the Safari Books Online package.
The Bash Manual
Stanford CS library: Essential C, Unix Programming Tools
There is a tremendous amount of information about Linux, Unix, and C available on the web and in the man(ual) pages and info documents on all Linux/Unix systems.

And for an alternative opinion, The Unix-Haters Handbook by Garfinkle, Weise & Strassmann, IDG, 1994 (i.e., in pre-Linux times).

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