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Problem Solving and Programming Concepts - 6th edition

Problem Solving and Programming Concepts (ISBN10: 0130482684; ISBN13: 9780130482686)
ISBN13: 978-0130482686
ISBN10: 0130482684

Summary: A core or supplementary text for one-semester, freshman/sophomore-level introductory courses taken by programing majors in Problem Solving for Programmers, Problem Solving for Applications, any Computer Language Course, or Introduction to Programming.

Showing how problem solving is the same in all computer languages--regardless of syntax--this widely adopted text uses a generic, non-language-specific approach to present the tools and concepts required when
using any programming language to develop computer applications. Designed for students with little or no computer experience--but useful to programmers at any level--it provides a step-by-step progression and consistent in-depth coverage of topics, with detailed explanations and many illustrations. Coverage ranges from the basics of mathematical functions and operators to the design and use of such techniques as code, arrays, pointers, other data structures, database concepts, and object- oriented programming concepts. The focus throughout is on the use of problem solving tools--including problem analysis charts, interactivity (structure) charts, IPO charts, coupling diagrams, algorithms, flowcharts, and (in appendices) Universal Modeling Languages concepts, Nassi-Schneiderman charts, and Warnier-Orr diagrams. Techniques are detailed for applications such as page layout, spreadsheets, database management systems, and document processing, and Putting It All Together sections ensure that students learn not only individual problem-solving techniques, but how to put them together into viable strategies for tackling specific kinds of problems/applications.

Features :
  • NEW--Chapter on database concepts--Ch. 11.
  • Introduces students to important concepts such as RDBMS; tables; primary, secondary, and foreign keys; normalizing tables; schema; creating tables; queries; reports; and interface design.
  • NEW--Updated information on Document Processing--Ch. 21.
  • Exposes students to the latest information on sharing and linking data.
  • NEW--What's Wrong with This? sections--In problem sections.
  • Challenges students to think critically and analytically to debug programs.
  • NEW--New problems--20-25% in each chapter.
  • Provides fresh material for assignments.
  • NEW--Appendix on UML.
  • Introduces students to UML concepts used to develop a project using an object-oriented language.
  • Generic, non-language-specific approach--Presents the tools and concepts required when using any programming language to develop computer applications. Shows how problem solving is the same in all languages.
  • Allows students to concentrate on problem solving--rather than syntax--regardless of the language they use, and to use the text as a reference in future courses.
  • Problem-solving tools--Discusses the problem analysis chart, interactivity (structure) chart, IPO chart, the coupling diagram, algorithms, flowcharts, and tools to help with the development of object oriented programming solutions. Explains and demonstrates these tools extensively using typical problems found in computer language textbooks.
  • The charts help students logically develop the solution to a problem. They help instructors present a solution to a problem in class in a logically developed manner.
  • Structured programming techniques--Covers sequential, decision, loop, and case logic structures.
  • Introduces students to the correct use of modules, parameters, and variable names that allow easier development, as well as easier maintenance, of a program.
  • Full chapter on variables, constants, data types, functions, operators, equations, and expressions.
  • Gives students a solid foundation in the concepts that are important to know before starting to develop a program--and which make setting up the basic instructions much easier.
  • Various types of data structures--Provides full chapter coverage on arrays, stacks, linked lists, binary trees, and database.
  • Prepares students for developing a program to handle almost any problem in today's market.
  • Problem solving for applications--Presents techniques for page layout, spreadsheets, database management systems, and document processing.
  • Makes material more tangible and real-world for students, giving them hands-on practice with the types of applications they'll encounter on the job.
  • Putting It All Together sections--Walks students through a complete solution for a given problem, using the concepts previously presented. In some cases, an earlier solution is updated to incorporate more sophisticated techniques.
  • Ensures that students learn not only individual problem-solving techniques, but how to put them together into viable strategies for tackling specific kinds of problems/applications.
  • Chapter Problems.
  • Gives students hands-on experience in solving problems that are typical of the business world.
  • A host of pedagogical aids--Integrated throughout. Includes chapter objectives, chapter summaries, key words, chapter exercises and problems, glossaries, and tables of flowcharting symbols and functions.
  • Provides students with an abundance of study and review aids, making material easier to understand and retain.

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Summary: A core or supplementary text for one-semester, freshman/sophomore-level introductory courses taken by programing majors in Problem Solving for Programmers, Problem Solving for Applications, any Computer Language Course, or Introduction to Programming.

Showing how problem solving is the same in all computer languages--regardless of syntax--this widely adopted text uses a generic, non-language-specific approach to present the tools and concepts required when using any programming language to develop computer applications. Designed for students with little or no computer experience--but useful to programmers at any level--it provides a step-by-step progression and consistent in-depth coverage of topics, with detailed explanations and many illustrations. Coverage ranges from the basics of mathematical functions and operators to the design and use of such techniques as code, arrays, pointers, other data structures, database concepts, and object- oriented programming concepts. The focus throughout is on the use of problem solving tools--including problem analysis charts, interactivity (structure) charts, IPO charts, coupling diagrams, algorithms, flowcharts, and (in appendices) Universal Modeling Languages concepts, Nassi-Schneiderman charts, and Warnier-Orr diagrams. Techniques are detailed for applications such as page layout, spreadsheets, database management systems, and document processing, and Putting It All Together sections ensure that students learn not only individual problem-solving techniques, but how to put them together into viable strategies for tackling specific kinds of problems/applications.

Features :
  • NEW--Chapter on database concepts--Ch. 11.
  • Introduces students to important concepts such as RDBMS; tables; primary, secondary, and foreign keys; normalizing tables; schema; creating tables; queries; reports; and interface design.
  • NEW--Updated information on Document Processing--Ch. 21.
  • Exposes students to the latest information on sharing and linking data.
  • NEW--What's Wrong with This? sections--In problem sections.
  • Challenges students to think critically and analytically to debug programs.
  • NEW--New problems--20-25% in each chapter.
  • Provides fresh material for assignments.
  • NEW--Appendix on UML.
  • Introduces students to UML concepts used to develop a project using an object-oriented language.
  • Generic, non-language-specific approach--Presents the tools and concepts required when using any programming language to develop computer applications. Shows how problem solving is the same in all languages.
  • Allows students to concentrate on problem solving--rather than syntax--regardless of the language they use, and to use the text as a reference in future courses.
  • Problem-solving tools--Discusses the problem analysis chart, interactivity (structure) chart, IPO chart, the coupling diagram, algorithms, flowcharts, and tools to help with the development of object oriented programming solutions. Explains and demonstrates these tools extensively using typical problems found in computer language textbooks.
  • The charts help students logically develop the solution to a problem. They help instructors present a solution to a problem in class in a logically developed manner.
  • Structured programming techniques--Covers sequential, decision, loop, and case logic structures.
  • Introduces students to the correct use of modules, parameters, and variable names that allow easier development, as well as easier maintenance, of a program.
  • Full chapter on variables, constants, data types, functions, operators, equations, and expressions.
  • Gives students a solid foundation in the concepts that are important to know before starting to develop a program--and which make setting up the basic instructions much easier.
  • Various types of data structures--Provides full chapter coverage on arrays, stacks, linked lists, binary trees, and database.
  • Prepares students for developing a program to handle almost any problem in today's market.
  • Problem solving for applications--Presents techniques for page layout, spreadsheets, database management systems, and document processing.
  • Makes material more tangible and real-world for students, giving them hands-on practice with the types of applications they'll encounter on the job.
  • Putting It All Together sections--Walks students through a complete solution for a given problem, using the concepts previously presented. In some cases, an earlier solution is updated to incorporate more sophisticated techniques.
  • Ensures that students learn not only individual problem-solving techniques, but how to put them together into viable strategies for tackling specific kinds of problems/applications.
  • Chapter Problems.
  • Gives students hands-on experience in solving problems that are typical of the business world.
  • A host of pedagogical aids--Integrated throughout. Includes chapter objectives, chapter summaries, key words, chapter exercises and problems, glossaries, and tables of flowcharting symbols and functions.
  • Provides students with an abundance of study and review aids, making material easier to understand and retain.

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Edition/Copyright: 6TH 03
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Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
Year Published: 2003
International: No

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