Introduction to Programming (2008/2009)

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Course code
4S00016
Credits
10
Coordinator
Ugo Solitro
Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
Programmazione (laboratorio) 4 INF/01-INFORMATICS 2° Q, 3° Q Ugo Solitro
Programmazione (teoria) 6 INF/01-INFORMATICS 2° Q, 3° Q Ugo Solitro

Learning outcomes

Module: Programmazione (laboratorio)
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We study the programming principles and their application to the solution of problems, mathematical ones in particular, by means if a programming language.
In the laboratory we learn how to develop project of small or medium size in a specific programming language.


Module: Programmazione (teoria)
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We study the programming principles and their application to the solution of problems, mathematical ones in particular, by means if a programming language.
We learn the basics of imperative programming and the techniques for the analysis and solution of the problems; more we introduce the methods for the evaluation of correctness and efficiency of the algorithms.

Syllabus

Module: Programmazione (laboratorio)
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In the laboratory we familiarize with the programming language developing projects based on the ideas presented in the lessons.
We study the fundamental elements of the language and we deal with the problems that arise in the development of the solution; in particular we acquire skill in editing, compiling, debugging and basic project menagement.


Module: Programmazione (teoria)
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Prerequisites: a good knowledge of the contens of the course of "Introduction to Computing".

Part I - problems, algorithms and programs.

- Basics: problem, specifics, algorithm; abstact machine, compiler and interpreter; programming languages.
- Introduction to the programming language.
- Elementary programming: basic instructions and develoment of simple programs.
- Data types. The general concept of data type: characterization and data representation. Variables, expressions and assignment. Abstract Data Types.
- Primitive data types: characterization, usage and related problems.
- Program structure. Fundamental instructions.
- Sub-programs: structure, parameters and visibility.
- Structured data types. Arrays, pointers, strings and other data structures.
- Basics of objects.
- Dynamic data structures.

Part II - Analysis of Algorithms

- Correctness: termination, logic properties; methods for the correctness verification.
- Introduction to the complexity. Performance of algorithms. Evaluation of efficiency. Computational costs.
- Asymptotic estimation of the complexity in time and space. The worst and medium case.
- Amortized analysis.
- Static sequences: implementation and algorithms.
- Matrices: implementation, operations and algorithms.
- Dynamic sequences: abstract definition and implementation; basic operations.
- Trees. Abstract definition and implementation. Basic operation. Binay research trees.
- Introduction to graphs.

Conclusion. Basics of Object Oriented Programming

Assessment methods and criteria

Module: Programmazione (laboratorio)
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The final exam is unique and consists in two parts:
- a written part concerning the subject of the course and the laboratory projects.
- an oral part: the admission to this part is allowed only after passing the fiirst one.


Module: Programmazione (teoria)
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The final exam is unique and consists in two parts:
- a written part concerning the subject of the course and the laboratory projects.
- an oral part: the admission to this part is allowed only after passing the fiirst one.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
T. Cormen, C. Leiserson, R. Rivest Introduction to algorithms (Edizione 1) MIT Press 1990 0262031418 Testo di consultazione
Stefano Mizzaro Introduzione alla programmazione con il linguaggio Java (Edizione 2) Franco Angeli 2000 8846416961 Testo di introduzione alla programmazione e al linguaggio
Crescenzi, P. - Gambosi, G. - Grossi, R. Strutture di Dati e Algoritmi Pearson Education Italia 2006 8871922735 Testo di introduzione all'analisi degli algoritmi

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