185.208 Programming Languages
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2024S, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • LectureTube course
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to

  • describe programming language concepts of current and some historic programming languages,
  • give reasons for some design decisions in programming languages,
  • write simple programs also in unusual programming languages,
  • develop simple interpreters for small programming languages.

Subject of course

  • concepts and paradigms of programming languages
  • calling conventions
  • abstractions
  • genericity
  • programming in the large
  • links between several paradigms / languages


Teaching methods

  • In lectures we discuss the contents.
  • In exercise groups (two to four persons) students write three programs in order to internalize and practically apply the learning matter.

Mode of examination


Additional information

ECTS breakdown: 3 ECTS = 75 hours

  • 15h: Lectures and aquiring the covered topics
  • 50h: Programming tasks
  • 10h: Exam and preparation for exam


A registration for an exercise group in TISS (from February 26 to May 2) is regarded as registration for the course. Exercise groups consist of at least two students, groups of three or four students are preferable. Groups consisting of only a single student will be combined to larger groups after the registration deadline, groups with only two members will be enlarged if possible. To arrage groups, please use the discussion forum in TUWEL; please keep in mind that you get access to TUWEL only after registration for an arbitrary group. You can change group membership at any time until the registration deadline.


There are 6 lectures are on Fridays. Recordings of the lectures will be provided through TUWEL.

Exercise tasks

Three programming tasks will be provided in TUWEL after registration has ended and groups are determined. You have to present your solutions in an interview meeting that has to occur until September 16, 2024.

Presence and online mode

Lectures and interview meetings are planed to occur in presence. However, regulations of the TU Wien may require us to change to an online mode. In this case you will be informed about necessary changes through TUWEL News.

Lectures that have to occur in online mode will be held via Zoom meetings to support interactions. In the case of online lectures you will find the link to the Zoom meeting in TUWEL.

Interview meetings and oral exams in presence take place in the office of Puntigam (Argentinierstraße 8, 4th upper floor). For online interview meetings and online exams we use Zoom where access data are available through TUWEL.

Appointment and registration of exams and interview meetings are arranged by e-mail. In general, there will be exams each Thursday (except during holidays) from 11 a.m. to noon, but can also be arranged at other times. Registrations must be made at least one week before the exams. It is possible to unregister until the exam starts.

Details on online exams

Online exams shall be taken online under the following conditions (only if oral exams in presence are not possible):

  • Use a room for the exam where you are undisturbed. Close to your working place there can only be objects that are allowed to be in front of you also in usual oral exams (e.g., ID card, white paper, pen, water glas) as well as technical equipment used for the exam, but nothing else (especially no cell phone or text book). Further away from you there can be anything. However, there must not be other persons in the room.
  • If you want to invite another person as a witness to the exam, you can give access data for the meeting session to them. This person shall enter the meeting at about the same time being in another room as you. Please inform the lecturer at the begin of the exam about the witness. Examinee and lecturer can each invite at most one witness to avoid unnecessary complexity. Microphones and cams of witnesses shall be switched off.
  • At the begin of the exam you are asked to show your ID card (preferably Studierendenausweis) and upon request your room (by moving around your cam or laptop as requested).
  • You have to answer questions. However, we have to expect that the audio and video quality is far away from being perfect. The gesture may not be identifiable. Therefore, it may be necessary to repeat questions and answers as well as to ask additional questions. Please be prepared that the exam may last longer than expected for such reasons.
  • If a question was not understandable because of bad audio or video quality, please ask to repeat it. If the connection is lost, please enter the meeting again using the same access data as before. If that does not work, please contact the lecturer by e-mail. In that case the exam will be continued at a later time according to new arrangements.
  • There are no recordings of video or audio. If you want to record the exam, it is necessary to have a written bilateral commitment about that in advance (by e-mail). Otherwise recordings are prohibited.
  • If oral exams are allowed to take place in presence, online exams will be offered only in special situations where exams in presence are not feasible or would require large extra effort.




Course dates

Fri11:00 - 13:0026.04.2024 - 14.06.2024EI 5 Hochenegg HS Lecture
Programming Languages - Single appointments
Fri26.04.202411:00 - 13:00EI 5 Hochenegg HS Lecture
Fri03.05.202411:00 - 13:00EI 5 Hochenegg HS Lecture
Fri17.05.202411:00 - 13:00EI 5 Hochenegg HS Lecture
Fri24.05.202411:00 - 13:00EI 5 Hochenegg HS Lecture
Fri07.06.202411:00 - 13:00EI 5 Hochenegg HS Lecture
Fri14.06.202411:00 - 13:00EI 5 Hochenegg HS Lecture
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

  • The exercise part of the course will be rated based on the solutions shown at the interview meeting that takes place until September 16, 2024 (see Additional information - Exercise tasks).
  • Missing or insufficient solutions of the exercise part can (if the shortcomings are important) be corrected and presented in a further interview meeting until end of September 2024.
  • Additionally, each student takes an oral exam (until January 2025) . See "Further information" for details.
  • For a positive overall rating there must be positive ratings for both, the exercise part and the oral exam. If the overall rating is positiv, the mark is computed as the average of the ratings for the interview meeting and the oral exam.
  • The oral exam can be retried once if negative within the scope of the lecture (and within the given time period).

Course registration

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Registration modalities

Please register for a group (TISS). A registration for a group in this course is regarded as registration for the course.

Group Registration

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Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 931 Logic and Computation Mandatory elective
066 937 Software Engineering & Internet Computing Mandatory elective


Book: Carlo Ghezzi, Mehdi Jazayeri: Programming Language Concepts. John Wiley & Sons, 1998, 3. edition, ISBN 0-471-10426-4.

Previous knowledge

Programming skills are required.