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Think Like a Programmer: An Introduction to Creative Problem Solving (Paperback)

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    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).

    Rewire your brain

    Examples in this book are written in C++, but will improve your ability to think like a programmer in any language.

    The real challenge of programming isn't learning a language's syntax—it's learning to creatively solve problems so you can build something great. In this one-of-a-kind text, author V. Anton Spraul breaks down the ways that programmers solve problems and teaches you what other introductory books often ignore: how to Think Like a Programmer. Each chapter tackles a single programming concept, like classes, pointers, and recursion, and open-ended exercises throughout challenge you to apply your knowledge. You'll also learn how to:

    • Split problems into discrete components to make them easier to solve
    • Make the most of code reuse with functions, classes, and libraries
    • Pick the perfect data structure for a particular job
    • Master more advanced programming tools like recursion and dynamic memory
    • Organize your thoughts and develop strategies to tackle particular types of problems

    Although the book's examples are written in C++, the creative problem-solving concepts they illustrate go beyond any particular language; in fact, they often reach outside the realm of computer science. As the most skillful programmers know, writing great code is a creative art—and the first step in creating your masterpiece is learning to Think Like a Programmer.

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    ISBN 9781593274245
    Genre COMPUTERS / Programming / General
    Format Paperback
    Pages 352
    Publisher Date 2012-08-08 00:00:00.0
    Publisher No Starch Pr
    Copyright Year 2012
    Height 9.25 in
    Wdth 7.0 in
    Thickness 1.0 in
    Unit weight 1.1 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle An Introduction to Creative Problem Solving
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Spraul, V. Anton
    Country of Origin United States

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