Scripting Language Programming
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Level of study: What does Undergraduate Level 2 mean?
Undergraduate Level 2
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Availability: What is a Study period?For enrolment (2012):
Government loans available:
- Domestic student fee:
- $1,039.00 (AUD)
- International student fee:
- $1,264.00 (AUD)
This unit provides an introduction to the script programming paradigm, used for Unix and Web-based application programming and maintenance. The unit builds upon existing systems programming experience, with coverage of the Perl and Python scripting languages. Scripting languages require a very different style of programming than system programming languages such as C or Java, as they are often used for 'gluing' applications together, and offer a higher-level programming environment where applications can be developed more rapidly than with typical system programming languages.
You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:
Or have significant systems programming experience in either C or Java, before starting this unit.
- Assignment 1 (10%)
- Assignment 2 (15%)
- Assignment 3 (25%)
- Invigilated Exam (50%)
At the completion of this unit students will be able to:
- understand and explain the differences between typical scripting languages and typical system and application programming languages
- understand the strengths, weaknesses, and applicability of scripting languages
- code effectively using several Unix shell scripting languages, including: Perl and Python
- write server-side scripts using Perl and Python's CGI facilities.
This unit addresses the following topics.
|1||Introduction to scripting languages, perl basics|
|2||Perl: arrays, hashes, POD|
|3||Perl: file handling, functions, formats|
|4||Perl: regular expressions, references|
|5||Perl: data structures and external modules|
|6||Perl: object-Oriented programming|
|8||Python: data structures, functional programming|
|9||Python: object-oriented programming, modules|
|10||Python: python internals, data model|
|11||Python: the python standard library|
|12||Python: internet programming|
This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:
- Chat rooms
- Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
- Embedded Multimedia
- Online assignment submission
- Podcasting/Lecture capture
- Standard Media
- Streaming Multimedia
- Web links
- Audio/Video - Streaming
- Printable format materials
- Resources and Links
Textbook information for this unit is currently being updated and will be available soon. Please check back regularly for updates. Alternatively, visit the Unibooks website and enter the unit details to search for available textbooks.
This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:
- Bachelor of Technology (Information Systems), Swinburne University of Tnlgy
- Bachelor of Technology (Computing Studies), RMIT University
This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:
- Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
- In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Unibooks textbook list.
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