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From my experience: compilers is basically the crown jewel subject where all the others come together. First year you start out with regular languages and finite state automata, and you see how that relates to your basic programming class. In two other classes, you see how propositional logic relates to basic circuit design. Second year, you get into ...


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I'm happy to stand corrected if someone else comes in with a more experienced answer, but automata and formal languages are typically taught together as two aspects of computational theory, since different sorts of automata represent different sorts of languages. Among other reasons, it's hard to have a discussion about the computing power of modified ...


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