Programming and Problem Solving with C++ / Edition 2

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In the tradition of Pascal and Turbo Pascal, authors Nell Dale and Chip Weems have teamed up with Mark Headington to offer Programming and Problem Solving with C++ for students in the CS1/C101 course. Written in the same style as the successful Pascal books, this text provides an accessible introduction to programming using C++ for beginning students. The first half of the text gives students a solid foundation in top-down programming techniques. The second half builds on this foundation and explains ADTs, the C++ class, encapsulation, information hiding, and object-oriented software development.
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This computer science textbook introduces the basic control structures of the C++ programming language before shifting the focus to abstract data types. The authors cover standard library functions, simple arithmetic expressions, looping operations, the C++ class mechanism, arrays, lists, object-oriented programming, and pointers. The third edition adds a chapter on templates and exceptions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Provides a foundation in algorithm development and functional decomposition design methodology, building on these with exploration of ADTs, the C++ class, encapsulation, information hiding, and object-oriented software development. Pedagogy employs case studies, with sections on testing and debugging sections, five types of exercises. Newly featured in the second edition is conformance to ISO/ANSI standard C++ (officially approved in July, 1998) and added introductory materials. Dale, Chip Weems, and Mark Headington are from the U. of Texas, Austin; U. of Massachusetts, Amherst; and U. of Wisconsin, La Crosse, respectively. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763710637
  • Publisher: Jones & Barlett Learning
  • Publication date: 8/1/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1049
  • Product dimensions: 7.64 (w) x 9.11 (h) x 1.42 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Overview of Programming and Problem Solving 1
2 C++ Syntax and Semantics, and the Program Development Process 41
3 Arithmetic Expressions, Function Calls, and Output 93
4 Program Input and the Software Design Process 131
5 Conditions, Logical Expressions, and Selection Control Structures 185
6 Looping 253
7 Functions 323
8 Scope, Lifetime, and More on Functions 389
9 Additional Control Structures 459
10 Simple Data Types: Built-In and User-Defined 501รค
11 One-Dimensional Arrays 591
12 Applied Arrays: Lists and Strings 647
13 Multidimensional Arrays 707
14 Records (C++ Structs) 771
15 Classes and Data Abstraction 837
16 Object-Oriented Software Development 905
17 Pointers, Dynamic Data, and Reference Types 967
18 Linked Structures 1045
19 Recursion 1119
Appendix A Reserved Words A1
Appendix B Operator Precedence A1
Appendix C C++ Library Routines A2
Appendix D Syntax Templates A10
Appendix E Character Sets A30
Appendix F Program Style, Formatting, and Documentation A31
Glossary A40
Answers to Selected Exercises A47
Index A79
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2001

    A Phenomenal C++ Expositor

    The rave reviews seemed too good to be true, until ten minutes after the Dale book on C++ arrived. It saved my project. It saved four months of work. It made the difference between an A and a B in the final semester grade. The kindest thing you can do for anyone who is taking C++ for the first time is to put this book into their hands. How can it's excellence be described: It has three authors who care. While most textbooks are an author's dance with his ego, unfortunately filled more or less with errata for the learner to stumble around, these people take the reader by the hand and carefully, thoughtfully, lucidly, and explicity show what is going on and WHY. I believe most people could learn the basics of C++ (and of object oriented programming) without any teacher at all if they read this book and work the problems. Five stars are not nearly enough for this work of love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2001

    Read This If you wanna learn C++

    Really good books to get someone stated with C++.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2001

    Provides EXTREME Clarity - Many Thanks!!!

    The multiple authors and numerous support personnel have demonstrated EXCELLENT teamwork and communications skills in putting together a book that provides such clarity as this one. If you're new to C++ (as I was), I definitely recommend this as a starting point. This book heightened my eagerness to learn more; and I found myself reading BEYOND what our teacher was covering for the semester. I did not need to ask ANY questions from the material I'd read; and that's certainly worth something. Now I'm searching for a book (hopefully from these same authors) that teaches more advanced concepts (friends, overloading, etc). Though you will not find this book to be concise (very minor point given all else), it does teach 'from the ground up' and is much easier reading than those other books requiring you to dwell on what you've read (a sometimes exhaustive effort). Amazingly, these authors have taken the burden off of you to learn and have placed the burden on themselves to teach! The other books that take 1,000+ pages and do not convey a message due to lack of clarity are nothing more than a waste of your time and money (at least for the moment). I've found this book to be money well spent and find myself referring back to it to learn basic concepts for the next semester of C++.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2000

    too expensive for a lot of people and I hope It will become chapter later in our future.

    I saw the books on campus and it was good but the price of the books were expensive and I hope it will become chapter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2000

    Disapointing at Best

    'Programming and Problem Solving' with C++ does a half-decent job at introducing the language and programming in general. However, it does not follow the standard conventions of C++, STL, Exceptions, Namespaces. This is detrimental to a student learning to program. They should be taught the 'whole' language from the start.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2000

    not bad, not bad at all..

    i've been a software based programmer for over 10 years and found the book good for students and beginnner. I wish i had it then!

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