What do flashlights, the British invasion, black cats, and seesaws have to do with computers? In CODE, they show us the ingenious ways we manipulate language and invent new means of communicating with each other. And through CODE, we see how this ingenuity and our very human compulsion to communicate have driven the technological innovations of the past two centuries. Using everyday objects and familiar language systems such as Braille and Morse code, author Charles Petzold weaves an illuminating narrative for anyone whoâs ever wondered about the secret inner life of computers and other smart machines. Itâs a cleverly illustrated and eminently comprehensible storyâand along the way, youâll discover youâve gained a real context for understanding todayâs world of PCs, digital media, and the Internet. No matter what your level of technical savvy, CODE will charm youâand perhaps even awaken the technophile within.
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 programminglanguages, so youâll get a feel for the variety of languagesand the needs they fill. Seven minibooks cover:
Beginning Programming All-In-One Desk Reference ForDummies shows you how to decide what you want your program todo, turn your instructions into âmachine languageâ thatthe computer understands, use programming best practices, explorethe âhowâ and âwhyâ of data structuring,and more. Youâll even get a look into various applicationslike database management, bioinformatics, computer security, andartificial intelligence. Soon youâll realize that âwow! 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.
A walkthrough of computer science concepts you must know. Designed for readers who don't care for academic formalities, it's a fast and easy computer science guide. It teaches the foundations you need to program computers effectively. After a simple introduction to discrete math, it presents common algorithms and data structures. It also outlines the principles that make computers and programming languages work.
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