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Distributed and Mobile Programming Paradigms


This site covers the lab sessions for the Distributed and Mobile Programming Paradigms course ( replacing the Software Distribution and Mobility Seminar. The aim of the lab sessions is twofold. First, students put in practice some of the concepts about distributed programming paradigms seen at the theory class. Second, students get familiar with AmbientTalk, the distributed programming language used for the project.

In each session, students implement a small application or a subset of an application in AmbientTalk. The idea is to incrementally implement the application starting from a skeleton code. The exercises start from the basics of the AmbientTalk language and gradually introduce how to use concurrent and distributed programing abstractions such guards, asynchronous message passing, distributed programming with tuple spaces, and peer-to-peer networks. They also deploy some of their applications on real devices such as Android phones and tablets.

See the official course site at PointCarré for more information on the course itself.

Organisation Spring 2014

Course lecturer: Elisa Gonzalez Boix
Assistant: Elisa Gonzalez Boix, Kennedy Kambona
Room 1E.05 (Mac room)
Time slot 2st Semester, Tuesday, 16:00 - 18:00
Communication Via PointCarré


Schedule 2014

Here comes a temporary schedule for the lab sessions. Assignments and solutions will be published before and after each session, respectively.

  • Session 1: First steps in AmbientTalk
  • Session 2: First steps in Android
  • Date: Week 24 - 25/02/14
  • Concepts: Building first app, building a dynamic UI, Activities and intents, working with AsyncTasks, managing the Activity lifecycle
  • Session 3: Internet Cafe
  • Session 4: Mobile Music Player
  • Date: Week 26 - 11/03/14
  • Concepts: distributed programming, insight in language support for partial failures, conditional synchronization with futures.
  • Session 5: Flikken in TOTAM
    • Date: Week 27 - 18/03/14
    • Concepts: distributed programming with tuple spaces.
  • Session 6: weScribble on Android devices
    • Date: Week 28 - 25/03/14
    • Concepts: distributed object-oriented programming, language symbiosis with Java and Android.
  • Session 7: wePong on Android devices
    • Date: Week 29 - 23/04/14
    • Concepts: distributed object-oriented programming, language symbiosis with Java and Android.
  • Session 8: AddressBook in Beernet
  • Date: Week 32 - 22/04/14
  • Concepts: p2p networks, structured overlay networks, distributed hash tables.
  • Session 9: Omnireferences
    • Date: Week 33 - 29/04/14
    • Concepts: reflective programming, interception, group communication abstractions.

Web-based programming part

  • Session 10: JavaScript by Example
    • Date: Week 34 - 6/5/14
    • Concepts: objects, functions, event loops, DOM
  • Session 11: Web-based Chat application
    • Date: Week 35,36: 13,20/5/14
    • Concepts: distributed event-based programming, reactive programming


  • Project assignment: To be published
  • Project deadline: 10 June 2014
  • Watch some demos of previous projects here
teaching/dmpp.txt · Last modified: 2014/04/01 13:13 by elisag