Introduction to Computers and Programming: PASCAL

Introduction to Computers and Programming: PASCAL

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Structured programming and top-down design are not only emphasized, but are built right into the text itself, giving students an intuitive feel for these principles. Coverage is complete and includes an entire chapter on program development, which is then demonstrated for each sample program throughout the text. A complete and early introduction to procedures and functions reinforces modularity and provides students with better tools to implement top-down design. There are complete chapters on debugging and recursion, plus introductory chapters on control structures and data structures. The text comprises three types of practice and review problems: "Concepts" review facts and principles; "Tools" focus on a single programming concept, allowing students to write simple programs without being distracted by other aspects of program development; and "Problems" present exercises in which students must integrate material to solve a realistic programming problem. This book should be of interest to degree and diploma students on introductory courses in computer science using more

Product details

  • Paperback | 600 pages
  • Cengage Learning, Inc
  • Wadsworth Publishing Co Inc
  • Belmont, CA, United States
  • English
  • 0534071945
  • 9780534071943

Table of contents

Introduction and history: an initial perspective. Toward a deeper view of computers and systems. The program development process: from top to bottom. Communicating with the computer: first elements of Pascal. When bad bugs happen to good computers. Bigger and better building blocks: procedures and functions. Control structures: a prelude. Files: additional pathways for input and output. Iteration. A time to choose: binary decision. Let the good times roll: a case study of computers. Through the looking glass: recursion. Data structures: the odyssey continues. The I's have It: focus on arrays. More about arrays: searching and sorting. Linked structures: the long and winding road. A walk through the forest: trees. Epilogue: a view from the top. more