Think Like a Programmer: An Introduction to Creative Problem Solving

Think Like a Programmer: An Introduction to Creative Problem Solving


By (author) V. Anton Spraul

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  • Publisher: No Starch Press,US
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 232mm x 22mm | 620g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Daly City, California
  • ISBN 10: 1593274246
  • ISBN 13: 9781593274245
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 88,340

Product description

Many programmers struggle to write programs, even though they understand their chosen programming language. Programming isn't about syntax it's about problem solving, and all good programmers can solve problems. Unfortunately, most programming books focus on syntax and semantics, resulting in programmers who can't make the leap from reading programs to writing them. Think Like a Programmer bridges that gap, teaching readers how to solve problems systematically, offering numerous techniques and examples designed to demonstrate how to organize thoughts, discover solutions, and find strategies to solve certain classes of problems. Programming, and especially problem solving, is a creative activity, and although this book won't tell anyone precisely what to do in a given circumstance, it will help readers develop their latent problem-solving abilities so that they will know what they should do. Think Like a Programmer is designed to help readers become the programmers they were meant to be.

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Author information

V. Anton Spraul has taught introductory programming and computer science for more than 15 years. This book is a distillation of the techniques he has used and honed over many one-on-one sessions with struggling programers. He is also the author of "Computer Science Made Simple" (Broadway).