Integrating hands-on work into the formal languages course via tools and programming

Conference Paper

Integrating hands-on practice into an automata and formal languages course aids in transforming the course from a traditional mathematics course into a traditional computer science course, while making the material more interesting from both teaching and learning perspectives. The interactive and visual tools we integrate into our course are FLAP, a tool for constructing and simulating several types of nondeterministic automata, and LLparse and LRparse, tools for constructing parse tables and animating the parsing of strings. As a programming component, our students are also required to write an LR(1) parser for a simple programming language, using the tool Xtango to animate programs in this new language.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rodger, SH

Published Date

  • January 1, 1997

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 1260 /

Start / End Page

  • 132 - 148

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1611-3349

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0302-9743

International Standard Book Number 10 (ISBN-10)

  • 3540631747

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9783540631743

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/3-540-63174-7_11

Citation Source

  • Scopus