Problem Solving and Programming Concepts

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9780131194595: Problem Solving and Programming Concepts

A core or supplementary text for one-semester, freshman/sophomore-level introductory courses taken by programming majors in Problem Solving for Programmers, Problem Solving for Applications, any Computer Language Course, or Introduction to Programming.

 

Revised to reflect changes in the programming industry – as well as user feedback – this widely adopted text emphasizes that problem solving is the same in all computer languages, regardless of syntax. Sprankle uses a generic, non-language-specific approach to present the tools and concepts required when using any programming language to develop computer applications. Designed for students with little or no computer experience –but useful to programmers at any level – the text provides step-by-step progression and consistent in-depth coverage of topics, with detailed explanations and many illustrations.

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This text covers the basic problem solving concepts that readers need to know and understand when working in any language or application. It provides comprehensive, step-by-step progression of topics and consistent in-depth coverage. With detailed explanations and numerous illustrations, it encompasses all fundamental areas of problem solving from the basics of mathematical functions and operators to the design and use of such techniques as codes, indicators, control breaks, arrays, pointers, file updates, and report handling.

Suitable for use in courses such as Introduction to Programming, Problem Solving for Programmers, Problem Solving for Applications, or any computer language course, the book is divided into six parts, with the topics organized as follows:

  • UNIT 1: Introduction to Problem Solving and Programming
    Basic concepts of problem solving, an introduction to how problems are solved on computers, and steps in analyzing a problem and designing an appropriate solution
  • UNIT 2: Structuring Programs for Languages and Applications
    Examination of how and when the various types of logic structures are appropriately used
  • UNIT 3: Data Structures
    The use of various data structures such as arrays, stacks, linked lists, and binary trees to access and process data; sort methods and search methods are also included
  • UNIT 4: Object Oriented Programming Elements of object oriented programming and scripting
  • UNIT 5: File Processing
    File concepts, sequential file processing, and random access file processing
  • UNIT 6: Problem Solving for Application Software
    Word processing, desktop publishing, graphics, spreadsheets, database management systems, and document processing

Numerous helpful appendices and an extensive glossary are also included.

This text is accompanied by an Instructor's Manual (ISBN 0-13-026727-9), which is available free of charge to instructors using the book for a course.

About the Author:

Maureen Sprankle, College of the Redwoods

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