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Overview

This lively introduction to computer science and computer programming in Scheme is for non-computer science majors with a strong interest in the subject and for computer science majors who lack prior programming experience. The text allows the student to experience the computer as a tool for expressing ideas, not as a frustrating set of mathematical obstacles. This goal is supported by the use of Scheme, a modern dialect of Lisp, designed to emphasize symbolic programming.
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Library Journal
Should programming be a matter of learning where to put the semicolon and goto? According to Harvey and Wright, absolutely not. Programming, especially when you're starting off, is about the big picture, learning how to use your imagination and not your grammar. The authors use Scheme, a dialect of Lisp, as their base. Scheme and Lisp are symbolic programs that let you create programs that will write programs. Exercises throughout with Scheme help you get up to speed quickly and even have a good time. The first half of the book makes you comfortable with functions, leading you to projects involving bridge games and tic-tac-toe. In the second half, you deal with recursion, abstraction, files, and vectors. By the end of these chapters, you're ready to use Scheme to tackle databases and spreadsheets. Simply Scheme proves that programming can be accessible as long as it stimulates, rather than deadens, the imagination. This book will give you a sense of the inner workings of computer applications like no other.
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A textbook for the introductory computer science course, using Scheme instead of a more traditional programming language. The primary goal in Parts I-V is preparation for the Scheme-based Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, while the focus of Part VI is to connect the course with the kinds of programming used in "real world" application programs like spreadsheets and databases. A PC or Macintosh diskette is available. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262082266
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1994
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 616
  • Product dimensions: 8.34 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 1.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
To the Instructor
Acknowledgments
I Introduction: Functions 2
1 Showing Off Scheme 5
2 Functions 17
II Composition of Functions 26
3 Expressions 29
4 Defining Your Own Procedures 41
5 Words and Sentences 57
6 True and False 71
7 Variables 89
III Functions as Data 100
8 Higher-Order Functions 103
9 Lambda 127
Project: Scoring Bridge Hands 141
10 Example: Tic-Tac-Toe 147
IV Recursion 170
11 Introduction to Recursion 173
12 The Leap of Faith 189
13 How Recursion Works 207
14 Common Patterns in Recursive Procedures 217
Project: Spelling Names of Huge Numbers 233
15 Advanced Recursion 235
Project: Scoring Poker Hands 245
16 Example: Pattern Matcher 249
V Abstraction 278
17 Lists 281
18 Trees 305
19 Implementing Higher-Order Functions 327
VI Sequential Programming 340
20 Input and Output 343
21 Example: The Functions Program 367
22 Files 387
23 Vectors 405
24 Example: A Spreadsheet Program 425
25 Implementing the Spreadsheet Program 439
Project: A Database Program 477
VII Conclusion: Computer Science 498
26 What's Next? 501
App. A Running Scheme 507
App. B Common Lisp 515
App. C Scheme Initialization File 525
App. D GNU General Public License 547
Credits 551
Alphabetical Table of Scheme Primitives 553
Glossary 557
Index of Defined Procedures 567
General Index 573
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