Tom Kelliher, CS 116

Sept. 1, 2000



There is a section 2, at 2:00, with fewer students.


Read 1.1--4.

From Last Time

What last time?


  1. Syllabus.

  2. Survey.

  3. Background.

Coming Up

Overview of Java.


  1. Personal home page, office hours, class time.

  2. Objectives: Introduction to CS, OOP in Java, program and algorithm development.

  3. Texts: Take the lab manual back to the bookstore.

  4. Course points:
    1. Labs and assignments: Labs, partners. Post-lab assignments, individually. Late work. Toolbox.

    2. Quizzes: Six scheduled. Beginning of class. Lowest score dropped. No make-ups.

    3. Exams: Two. Make-ups with good reason.

    4. Final. Cumulative. Scheduled by registrar.

  5. Course home page: Items of general interest, labs, solutions, meeting outlines.

  6. Attendance: participation is an essential part of the learning process. Readiness: Assigned readings expectation. Integrity: Honor code.


  1. Major/minor, career interests?

  2. Previous programming experience? Emphasize: none required; some, perhaps, harmful.

  3. HLL familiarity?

  4. Describe a program you've written.

  5. Math background?

  6. Why are you here?


  1. Components of a computer:

  2. Computers are general purpose machine, because they can be re-programmed easily. Contrast: ENIAC.

  3. Machine code, assembly, HLLs. Concepts: abstraction, binding.

    Compilation process example:

    a = b + c;
    may become:
    lw $2, b
    lw $3, c
    add $2, $2, $3
    sw $2, a
    which is translated to 32-bit numbers.

    Recurring concepts: abstraction, binding.

Thomas P. Kelliher
Thu Aug 31 09:49:33 EDT 2000
Tom Kelliher