Second Year Project: Functional Programming
This course aims to make students proficient in the functional programming paradigm used by languages such as F#, Scala, SML, OCaml, or Haskell. All programs created in the course will be written in F#, developed by Microsoft and incorporated in Visual Studio and the .NET framework. We will relate the functional paradigm to its imperative and object-oriented counterparts, but focus on concepts predominantly found in functional programming languages such as higher-order functions, recursion and tail recursion, immutable data structures, and first-class functions.
The student will get a practical and theoretical introduction to functional programming languages using F#. This includes the following themes:Functional Programming Paradigm:
- first-class functions
- higher-order functions
- type inference and polymorphism
- recursion and tail recursion
- algebraic data types
- strict and lazy evaluation
- parser combinators
- garbage collection
- reference types
- mutable versus immutable data
- divide and conquer
- the Actor model
- asynchronous computations
- You are enrolled on the BSc study program in software development.
- You can construct object-oriented software using C#, corresponding to what is learnt in the BSc course Analysis, Design and Software Architecture (BDSA).
- You have a solid understanding of algorithms, their implementation, and their complexity, as taught in Algorithms and Data Structures (BADS).
Intended learning outcomes
After the course, the student should be able to:
- apply and reflect on theories for modelling, analyzing and constructing functional declarative programs.
- apply and reflect on the concepts behind functional programming compared to imperative and object oriented programming.
- construct programs in F# and explain the basic principles behind functional programming using F#.
- describe and explain solutions to problems in the context of functional programming.
- apply core concepts of functional programming.
- reason about the complexity of functional programs.
The course consists of
- a course-like block with lectures and exercises, covering the themes of the course
- Seven weekly hand-ins with F# assignments
- One bigger hand-in at the end of the course to demonstrate mastery in all relevant areas
The course includes required reading on functional programming, parallel programming and F#.
How Many: 7 assignments with a value of 2 points each and a project worth 6 points. A total of 20 points can be earned. You need 16 points to attend exam.
When: 1 assignment every week.
Deadlines: One week per assignment.
Retake: It is possible to hand-in assignment within two weeks after the first deadline to improve score
NB: Students not fulfilling the requirement of 16 points to attend the exam will be given the grade NA (not passed) at the ordinary exam and thereby use one exam trial.
The student will receive the grade NA (not approved) at the ordinary exam, if the mandatory activities are not approved and the student will use an exam attempt.
Course literatureFunctional Programming using F# by Michael R. Hansen and Hans Rischel, ISBN 9781107684065
Student Activity BudgetEstimated distribution of learning activities for the typical student
- Preparation for lectures and exercises: 10%
- Lectures: 17%
- Exercises: 17%
- Assignments: 50%
- Exam with preparation: 6%
Ordinary examExam type:
A: Written exam on premises, External (7-point scale)
A11: Written exam on premises. Open book exam.