Elements of Software Construction

Several measures of a Bach fugue, with three voices each highlighted in a different color.

In Project 1, students design and build a player for abc music notation, which is capable of synthesizing a multi-voiced Bach fugue like this. (Adapted from an image by Matt.kaner on Wikipedia.)

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MIT Course Number

6.005

As Taught In

Fall 2011

Level

Undergraduate

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Course Features

Course Description

This course introduces fundamental principles and techniques of software development. Students learn how to write software that is safe from bugs, easy to understand, and ready for change.

Topics include specifications and invariants; testing, test-case generation, and coverage; state machines; abstract data types and representation independence; design patterns for object-oriented programming; concurrent programming, including message passing and shared concurrency, and defending against races and deadlock; and functional programming with immutable data and higher-order functions.

The course includes weekly programming exercises and two substantial group projects.

Miller, Robert. 6.005 Elements of Software Construction, Fall 2011. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/electrical-engineering-and-computer-science/6-005-elements-of-software-construction-fall-2011 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA


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