CPS 444/544 (3 sem hrs) provides an introduction to systems programming in UNIX and C. Topics include operating system structures, system calls and libraries, interprocess communication, pipes, and signals. Students can also expect a survey of various software tools supporting systems programming, including gcc, gdb, make, sed and awk, and lex and yacc. The course does not aim to be comprehensive, but rather focuses on thematic issues. Assignments are designed to provide students with a pragmatic exposure to these tools as well as issues faced by modern practitioners. CPS 444/544 is a programming-intensive course and assumes no prior experience with UNIX.Syllabus
Pre-requisites: CPS 350 (Data Structures and Algorithms) and CPS 346 (Operating Systems) with a minimum grade of C for students enrolled in CPS 544.
Meeting times: T Th 4:30pm-5:45pm, MH 205
Instructor: Dr. Saverio Perugini, AN 145, 229-4079, perugisa at udayton dot edu, OHs: M T W Th 5:45pm-6:45pm and by appointment.
Teaching assistant: John Cresencia, AN 130 (connector room between AN 131 and 135), 229-2364, cresenjv at notes dot udayton dot edu, OHs: T Th 12:00pm-2:00pm, F 12:00pm-1:00pm, and by appointment.
Required textbook: [UPE] The UNIX Programming Environment by B.W. Kernighan and R. Pike. Prentice Hall, Second edition, 1984. ISBN: 0-13-937681-X.
Recommended textbook: [CPL] The C Programming Language by B.W. Kernighan and D.M. Ritchie. Prentice Hall, Second edition, 1988. ISBN: 0-13-110362-8.
Course outline and reading assignments (to be completed prior to class):
By Dec 5 you should have read [UPE] Preface,Ch1-6,8.
Final Exam: T Dec 12, 4:30pm-6:20pm, MH 205 (comprehensive, closed book, closed notes) Homeworks (programming style guide): 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Accounts: CPS account access @ home | UNIX account access | CPS labs hours | Keeping your password safe | A beginner's guide to effective e-mail
If you are unable to log into your CPS (Windows or UNIX) account or if you forget your CPS (Windows or UNIX) account password, contact the CPS systems administrator, Mr. Tramontana, at tramonjr at notes dot udayton dot edu or 229-3835, and be as specific as possible. Mr. Tramontana's office is located in the back of AN 131 and his office hours are M T W Th F 8:30am-4:30pm.
Readings and resources: A Brief Introduction to C by W.M. McKeeman from ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 28(3), 347-348, 1993.
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Feedback: Dr. Perugini welcomes any feedback you may have on the style of the lectures, the concepts presented in class, the course webpage, homeworks, projects, deadlines, course and grading policies, or your general experience in the course.
© Saverio Perugini, Fall 2006, University of Dayton. Permission to use ideas about the organization of topics and any notes or material is granted, provided suitable acknowledgments and citations are made.