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Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs (MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) Hardcover – 1 Jan 1984


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"A truly modern introductory text which allows students to discuss the major interesting questions of today. It is a tribute to Professors Abelson and Sussman that they were willing to spend their valued research time to produce such a magnificent text. Controlling complexity, the major theme of the book, is a major concern of programming language designers and software engineers. Imperative, applicative, object-oriented, and logic-based are four trends of programming languages. Scheme allows examples of each.... This book is a rare achievement."--Daniel P. Friedman, Indiana University

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A groundbreaking way to look at computer science 4 Mar 2013
By R. Hyre - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was a series of lecture notes and handouts when I attended school. I purchased a bound copy long after I'd take the course, to introduce my children to this way of thinking. Abstraction, Lisp, and the Object-oriented style of programming are all introduced. The problem sets go into useful application areas, and the writing style is straightforward. You may have to search a bit to find a vintage Scheme compatible with the exercises used in the book - people on the Internet (particularly the scheme community) are very helpful here.

Good luck! This will change how you think about software, and in a mind-expanding way.
good for theoretical stuff but I would recommend the "Learn ... 7 Aug 2014
By Connor - Published on Amazon.com
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good for theoretical stuff but I would recommend the "Learn python/c/regex the Hard Way" series for beginners first. Skill is more useful than theory (except when it isn't). However this is a very readable book, and it really helps when watching the 80s Youtube lectures by the author, and with understanding how engineers think in general. There's a reason MIT posted his lectures online early, and why they recorded them in the first place.
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