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How to design programs

an introduction to programming and computing

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How to design programs

an introduction to programming and computing

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This introduction to programming places computer science in the core of a liberal arts education. Unlike other introductory books, it focuses on the program design process. This approach fosters a variety of skills -- critical reading, analytical thinking, creative synthesis, and attention to detail -- that are important for everyone, not just future computer programmers. The book exposes readers to two fundamentally new ideas. First, it presents program design guidelines that show the reader how to analyze a problem statement; how to formulate concise goals; how to make up examples; how to develop an outline of the solution, based on the analysis; how to finish the program; and how to test. Each step produces a well-defined intermediate product. Second, the book comes with a novel programming environment, the first one explicitly designed for beginners. The environment grows with the readers as they master the material in the book until it supports a full-fledged language for the whole spectrum of programming tasks. - Publisher.

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How to Design Programs: An Introduction to Programming and Computing
May 04, 2018, The MIT Press
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How to Design Programs
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How to Design Programs: An Introduction to Programming and Computing
February 12, 2001, The MIT Press
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Table of Contents

Processing simple forms of data. Students, teachers, and computers
Numbers, expressions, simple programs
Programs are function plus variable definitions
Conditional expressions and functions
Symbolic information
Compound data, part 1: structures
The varieties of data
Syntax and semantics
Processing arbitrarily large data. Compound data, part 2: lists
More on processing lists
Natural numbers
Composing functions, revisited again
List abbreviations
More on processing arbitrarily large data. More self-referential data definitions
Mutually referential data definitions
Development through iterative refinement
Processing two complex pieces of data
Local definitions and lexical scope
Abstracting designs. Similarities in definitions
Functions are values
Designing abstractions from examples
Designing abstractions with first-class functions
Mathematical examples
Defining functions on the fly
Generative recursion. A new form of recursion
Designing algorithms
Variations on a theme
Algorithms that backtrack
The cost of computing and vectors
Accumulating knowledge. The loss of knowledge
Designing accumulator-style functions
More uses of accumulation
The nature of inexact numbers
Changing the state of variables. Memory for functions
Assignment to variables
Designing functions with memory
Examples of memory usage
The final syntax and semantics
Changing compound values. Encapsulation
Mutable structures
Designing functions that change structures
Equality
Changing structures, vectors, and objects.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Classifications

Library of Congress
QA76.6 .H697 2001, QA76.6.H697 2001

The Physical Object

Pagination
xxx, 693 p. :
Number of pages
693

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL15598510M
ISBN 10
0262062186
LCCN
00048169
OCLC/WorldCat
45058760
Goodreads
1119079

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