The real challenge of programming isn't learning a language's syntax - it's learning to creativey solve problems so you can build something great.
In this one-of-kind text, author V. Anton Spraul breaks down the ways that programmers solve problems and teaches you what other introductory books often ignore: how to Think Like Programmer. Each chapter tackles a single programming concept, ike classes, pointers and recursion, and open-ended exercises throughhout challange you to apply your knowledge.
You'll also learn how to:
- Split problems into discrete components to make them easier to solve
- Make the most of code reuse with functions, classes, and libraries
- Pick the perfect data structure for a particular job
- Master more advanced programming tools like recursion and dynamic memory
- Organize your thoughts and develop strategies to tackle particular types of problems
Although the book's examples are written in C++, the creative problem-solving concepts they illustrate go beyond any particular language; in fact, they often reach outside the ream of computer science. As the most skillful programmers know, writing great code is a creative art - and the first step in creating your masterpiece is learning to Think Like a Programmer.
V. Anton Spraul has taught introductory programming and computer science for more than 15 years. This book is a distillation of the techniques he has used and honed over many one-on-one sessions with struggling programmers. He is also author of Computer Science Made Simple.