Exploring Computer Science with Scheme (Undergraduate Texts in Computer Science) Hardcover – 30 Oct 1998
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From the Author
Introduction to computer science as a discipline
Exploring Computer Science with Scheme is an introductory computer science text that uses the language Scheme as a vehicle to teach programming and computer science concepts. The book is lively, fun, and thorough in its coverage of Scheme and computer science. You'll go beyond just learning how to program where most introductory computer science books leave you, and explore the world of computer science looking into object-oriented programming, database system design, compiler and interpreter development, operating systems, artificial intelligence, and the new field of soft computing.
For a more technical description, the four goals of the text are as follows:
1) Teach programming using the Scheme dialect of the LISP family. The text provides a solid introduction to programming in Scheme assuming no prior background in computer science or programming. Scheme is well suited for teaching advanced concepts easily without getting bogged down with implementation details and syntactic difficulties.
2) Place an emphasis on the functional programming paradigm. Functional programming is advantageous in that it fosters program design via functional composition in which individual functions can be more easily created and tested. Such a programming technique lends itself to the principles of top-down design and design for testability.
3) Teach and build programming and problem-solving skills. Throughout the text program design skills are given and programs are presented in a case study fashion to foster development of problem-solving skills.
4) Give a feel for what computer science really is. Give introductions and real programming applications to the different subfields of computer science including compilers and interpreters, operating systems, database systems, artificial intelligence, and soft computing.
From the Back Cover
The aim of this textbook is to present the central and basic concepts, techniques, and tools of computer science. The emphasis is on presenting a problem-solving approach and on providing a survey of all of the most important topics covered in computer science degree programs. Scheme is used throughout as the programming language, and the author stresses a functional programming approach that concentrates on the creation of simple functions that are composed to obtain the desired programming goal. The text guides the reader through basic programming ideas and concepts including data structures, theory, and object-oriented programming. Then the fields of database management systems, operating systems, compilers and interpreters, artificial intelligence, and soft computing are presented. Each of these fields is covered in depth giving a detailed introduction to the field, its problems, accomplishments, historical perspective, future trends, and a recommended reading list. Sample applications are shown in a detailed case study fashion to give a better understanding of the fields.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
If you want to challenge yourself at more advanced level, I would recommend you to read Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs (SICP) from MIT.
The second part introduces Computer Science and will show you what others have been doing with the techniques explained in the first part. It will give a panoramic view of modern CS: databases, operating systems, artificial intelligence, compilers, `soft-computing', etc...
Only the chapter on compilers seems a bit confusing, everything else is clearly explained.
You won't need a good background in maths to follow it.
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