Think Like a Programmer

An Introduction to Creative Problem Solving
Author(s): V. Anton Spraul
Genre: Science
Original Publish Date: Aug 12, 2012
Product Number: EB00709959
Released: Aug 10, 2017
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781593274566
Publisher: No Starch Press
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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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