C++: An Introduction to Computing : Lab Manual

9780130806482: C++: An Introduction to Computing : Lab Manual

Object-oriented programming is quickly becoming a standard industry practice, and this book exposes the beginner programmer to object-oriented programming early and consistently. Using a “spiral” approach—Central topics are introduced early and are revisited in increasing detail throughout the book. This “use it, then build it” approach exposes users to concepts underlying basic constructs, reducing the learning curve when the time comes to actually build their own. Provides a gradual introduction to classes and object-oriented programming, especially suited for those with previous programming experience. A CD-ROM with every copy of the book includes all the source code for programs in the book. The authors introduce key ideas behind computing with C++ and object-oriented programming in an intuitive and non-intimidating way. This book not only covers text-based programming, but also graphical/internet programming. A new final chapter on Data Structures has been added which provides an introduction to vectors, linked-lists, stacks, queues, and trees, and how they are used in the Standard Template Library (STL). Object-Centered Design, Introductory Example, Spiral Approach, and Standard Template Library (STL) sections have been retained. Good documentation techniques and habits are modeled in examples. “Part of the Picture” sections in each chapter—several contributed by field experts— introduce readers to discipline of Computer Science-e.g., ethics, history, AI, and architecture. Ex. Ch. 1, Ethics and Computing, and Ch. 6, Artificial Intelligence. Appropriate for beginner to intermediate programmers using C++ (CS1 with C++).

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Introduces key ideas behind object-oriented programming in an intuitive and unintimidating way. C++: An Introduction to Computing gives students a solid introduction to traditional computing--scalar objects, and the concepts of I/O, reusability, control structures, functions and parameter passing, and modular programming--and then proceeds to non-scalar (class) objects, to more fully illustrate the power of C++ objects. The programs in the text have been tested for correctness using two common compilers, Turbo C++ (for DOS or Windows) and GNU C++ (for UNIX). Differences between the compilers are documented extensively-- enabling beginning programmers to solve problems in any of the three most common operating environments. The text uses multiple examples and pragmatic, realistic programs to illustrate topics. Reusable program components and good documentation, for easily maintainable programs, are emphasized--in both the presentation and examples.

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I think it's well written and intelligently presented. It's a good introduction not only to C++ programming, but also to computer science as a whole.

- Larry Herman, UNITEC Institute of Technology

This book has a very large number of exercises, with a large variety of types. It is one the things that attracted me to the text. I am pleased with the quantity and quality of the exercises in this book.

- Cary Laxer, Computer Science, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Joel Adams and Larry Nyhoff address two key goals for first-year computing courses: to give students programming skills in a specific language, and to introduce them to the larger field of computer science. In this third edition of their best-selling book, these experienced educators offer a well-rounded approach to the methodologies and techniques of C++, while presenting students with a general overview of computing as a discipline, allowing them to put their learning into a broader context.


  • Provides carefully selected Part of the Picture presentations by computing experts as an overview of the discipline of computer science
  • Offers 500 Quick Quiz questions with answers and 800 written exercises to be used for written assignments
  • Includes more than 300 programming problems drawn from a wide range of application areas


  • A new chapter on data structures
  • Learning objectives listed at the beginning of each chapter
  • End-of-chapter summaries with key words and notes to help students identify the main concepts of each chapter
  • Case studies featuring problems with complete solutions, including both design and program code
  • Special optional OBJECTive Thinking sections to present classes and objects
  • Prentice Hall Companion Website at http://www.prenhall.com/adams and authors' website at http://cs.calvin.edu/books/c++/intro/3e/

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