Software Construction

A blue and yellow fractal.

 A fractal generated from the hailstone sequence discussed in Lecture 1 (Image in the public domain courtesy of Pokips76 on Wikipedia).


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Spring 2016



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6.005 Software Construction introduces fundamental principles and techniques of software development, i.e., how to write software that is safe from bugs, easy to understand, and ready for change. The course includes problem sets and a final project. Important topics include specifications and invariants; testing; abstract data types; design patterns for object-oriented programming; concurrent programming and concurrency; and functional programming.

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Robert Miller, and Max Goldman. 6.005 Software Construction. Spring 2016. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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