In this practical guide, youâll find out about compiling, algorithms, best practices, debugging your programs, and much more. The concepts are illustrated in several different programming languages, so youâll get a feel for the variety of languages and the needs they fill. Seven minibooks cover:
Beginning Programming All-In-One Desk Reference For Dummies shows you how to decide what you want your program to do, turn your instructions into âmachine languageâ that the computer understands, use programming best practices, explore the âhowâ and âwhyâ of data structuring, and more. Youâll even get a look into various applications like database management, bioinformatics, computer security, and artificial intelligence. Soon youâll realize that â wow! Youâre a programmer!
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The bible of all fundamental algorithms and the work that taught many of todayâs software developers most of what they know about computer programming.
âByte, September 1995
Countless readers have spoken about the profound personal influence of Knuthâs work. Scientists have marveled at the beauty and elegance of his analysis, while ordinary programmers have successfully applied his âcookbookâ solutions to their day-to-day problems. All have admired Knuth for the breadth, clarity, accuracy, and good humor found in his books.
I canât begin to tell you how many pleasurable hours of study and recreation they have afforded me! I have pored over them in cars, restaurants, at work, at homeâ¦ and even at a Little League game when my son wasnât in the line-up.
Primarily written as a reference, some people have nevertheless found it possible and interesting to read each volume from beginning to end. A programmer in China even compared the experience to reading a poem.
If you think youâre a really good programmerâ¦ read [Knuthâs] Art of Computer Programmingâ¦ You should definitely send me a rÃ©sumÃ© if you can read the whole thing.
Whatever your background, if you need to do any serious computer programming, you will find your own good reason to make each volume in this series a readily accessible part of your scholarly or professional library.
Itâs always a pleasure when a problem is hard enough that you have to get the Knuths off the shelf. I find that merely opening one has a very useful terrorizing effect on computers.
In describing the new fourth volume, one reviewer listed the qualities that distinguish all of Knuthâs work.
[In sum:] detailed coverage of the basics, illustrated with well-chosen examples; occasional forays into more esoteric topics and problems at the frontiers of research; impeccable writing peppered with occasional bits of humor; extensive collections of exercises, all with solutions or helpful hints; a careful attention to history; implementations of many of the algorithms in his classic step-by-step form.
These four books comprise what easily could be the most important set of information on any serious programmerâs bookshelf.
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