ECS 145 Preview, Fall 2014
As Fall Quarter approaches, here is important information for enrolled
students (and those who hope to enroll).
- Coverage: We will focus on the Python and R languages,
spending about 5 weeks on each. (R will be viewed as a programming
language -- object-oriented and functional programming-based, with
interesting metaprogramming features -- rather than focusing on its
This is NOT a "Where do you put the semicolon?" class. (No class
should be like that.) Instead, the issues are the goals of the language, the
strengths and shortcomings, external enhancement (e.g. interfacing to
C/C++), performance issues, etc.
- Necessary background:
- NO prior knowledge of Python and R is required.
- You need programming skill on the level of ECS 60. You must
be able to write programs ON YOUR OWN, WITHOUT being given an
outline. You also need to know C++ and data structures from ECS 60.
- Textbooks: Free download from Web --
(latter is early, 50% draft of published book).
You are REQUIRED to have hard copies of these documents -- actual
paper, not electronic (best to go to a copying store). Quizzes are
- Workload: Required textbook reading; weekly quizzes
(including group quiz on the last day of lecture, Dec. 11); four
programming assignments; final project. (No midterms, no final exam.)
Programming assignments, last-day quiz, and final project are done
- Grading: Quizzes (70%), programming assignments (30%).
Programming assignments are GRADED INTERACTIVELY. TA will ask
questions of EACH GROUP MEMBER, both ON THE PROGRAM AND THE COURSE
- Syllabus: Not ready yet, but will be similar in class
structure to that of my other classes, e.g.