Introduction to Programming

Bertrand Meyer, Fall 2013
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28.10.2013 — This week there is no homework assignment. The mock exam will take place next Wednesday November 6th.

10.10.2013 — The EiffelStudio installation session is on Tuesday October 15th from 17:00 to 18:00 in IFW A34. Please bring your laptop and fill in the form within Sunday October 13th.

24.09.2013 — The MOOC is here!

20.09.2013 — We assigned students to exercise groups. If you don't find your Legi-Number in any group, please contact Max and tell him your preferred level and language.

11.09.2013 — The first lecture will take place on Tuesday 17.9. There will be no exercise sessions during the first week.

Course description

252-0021-00 Introduction to Programming


Course book

Bertrand Meyer: Touch of Class, Learning to Program Well with Objects and Contracts, Springer 2009, ISBN: 978-3-540-92144-8. Electronic version (only available inside ETH network).

Helping and getting help

To get stated with the Traffic software, you might want to read this introduction. If you think you have found a bug in Traffic, share your thoughts with your assistant, and possibly submit a bug report.

In case you encounter a crash of the EiffelStudio development environment, please click the "Submit bug report" button and provide the following credentials: login ethinfo1, password ethinfo1.

You can use the help forum to ask course- and exercise-related questions. The assistants will do their best to answer your questions as soon as possible.


The precise description of which software is needed and how to install it can be found on the first exercise sheet. It is also possible to use public computer rooms (CAB H56 and H57) where the required software is already installed.

The lecture slides (in PowerPoint and PDF format), the exercise session slides, the exercise sheets, the masters solutions for the exercises and the mock exams can be downloaded from this page.

Additional materials:

Further reading



Day Time Location
Monday 13:15-15:00 HG E7
Tuesday 8:15-10:00 HG E7

Slides and video recordings

Watch video recordings of the lectures (slides + voice).

You can also watch video recordings from 2009 in English.

Note: in the PDF version of the slides animation is not retained and some slides can become unclear.

Date Lecture Title Slides Readings
Tue. 17.09 1.2 Introduction Final version pdf pptx Chapter 1, 2
Mon. 23.09 2.1 Dealing with objects I Final version pdf pptx Chapter 2
Tue. 24.09 2.2 Dealing with objects II Final version pdf pptx Chapter 3
Mon. 30.09 3.1 Interface of a class Final version pdf pptx Chapter 4
Tue. 1.10 3.2 Invariants and logic Final version pdf pptx Chapter 5
Mon. 07.10 4.1 Object creation Final version pdf pptx Chapter 6
Tue. 08.10 4.2 Assignment, references, and object structure Final version pdf pptx Chapter 9
Mon. 14.10 5.1 Control structures I Final version pdf pptx Chapter 7
Tue. 15.10 5.2 Control structures II Final version pdf pptx Chapter 7
Mon. 21.10 6.1 Abstraction Final version pdf pptx Chapter 8
Tue. 22.10 6.2 Dynamic model Final version pdf pptx Chapter 8
Mon. 28.10 7.1 Inheritance and genericity I Final version pdf pptx Chapter 16
Tue. 29.10 7.2 Inheritance and genericity II Final version pdf pptx Chapter 16
Mon. 4.11 8.1 Inheritance and genericity III Final version pdf pptx Chapter 16
Tue. 05.11 8.2 Recursion I Final version pdf pptx Chapter 14
Mon. 11.11 9.1 Describing syntax Final version pdf pptx Chapter 11
Tue. 12.11 9.2 Recursion II Final version pdf pptx Chapter 14
Mon. 18.11 10.1 Data structures I Final version pdf pptx Chapter 13
Tue. 19.11. 10.2 Data structures II Final version pdf pptx Chapter 13
Mon. 25.11 11.1 Multiple Inheritance Final version pdf pptx Chapter 16
Tue. 26.11 11.2 An example: Undo/Redo Final version pdf pptx Chapter 17
Mo. 2.12 12.1 Topological Sort I Final version pdf pptx Chapter 15
Mon. 3.12 12.2 Topological Sort II Final version pdf pptx Chapter 15
Mo. 9.12 13.1 Topological Sort III Final version pdf pptx Chapter 15
Di. 10.12 13.2 Event-driven programming and agents I Final version pdf pptx Chapter 17, 18
Mon. 16.12 14.1 Event-driven programming and agents II Final version pdf pptx Chapter 17, 18
Tue. 17.12 14.2 Some research topics of the Chair of Software Engineering

Tentative version = Tentative version Final version = Final version


Exercise Groups

Here you can find the distribution of students into exercises groups as well as general information about the groups.

The distribution of students in the exercise groups is based on a self assessment questionnaire. The students are then grouped according to their experience.

Assignments and mock exams

The weekly assignments are published every Monday before 18:00. You have to submit your solution within the next nine days (by the end of Wednesday). The suggested way to submit the solutions is by email. They will be checked but not graded; you can check the status of your submissions online. Master solutions will be published online after the due date (on Thursday). Students are strongly encouraged to look at the solutions and ask questions.

Two mock exams will take place during the exercise sessions, be graded and returned.

The final grade will depend on the performance at the exam (90%) and on the performance in the weekly assignments and mock exams (10%). Each assignment is worth 0.8%; each mock exam 1%.

Week Exercise Links
Week 1 Getting started Sheet
Week 2 Give me your feature name and I'll call you Sheet Solution
Week 3 Of objects and features Sheet Solution
Week 4 Object creation and logic Sheet Solution
Week 5 Assignments and control structures Sheet Solution
Week 6 Loopy games Sheet Solution
Week 7 Mock exam 1 Exam Solution
Week 8 Inheritance and polymorphism Sheet Solution
Week 9 Recursion Sheet Solution
Week 10 Data structures Sheet Solution
Week 11 Mock exam 2 Exam Solution
Week 12 Agents and board games Sheet Solution

Exercise session slides and exercises

Date Material (PDF/code) Material (PowerPoint/code)
25.09 pdf ppt
02.10 pdf ppt
9.10 pdf ppt
16.10 pdf ppt
23.10 pdf ppt
30.10 pdf ppt
13.11 pdf ppt
20.11 exercise solution
27.11 pdf ppt
11.12 pdf ppt
18.12 huffman coding forest_fire
Additional Topics Material (PDF) Material (PowerPoint) Material (Other)
Syntax comparison Eiffel/Java pdf pptx
Invariants / Marriage example pdf pptx code
Once routines pdf pptx code
Void safety pdf pptx code
Programming paradigms pdf pptx
CAT calls pdf pptx
Verification pdf pptx
Beyond Eiffel pdf pptx