A Balanced Introduction to Computer Science, 3rd Edition

David Reed

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A Balanced Introduction to Computer Science, 3rd Edition

By David Reed
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For Introduction to Computing and the Web courses in departments of Math and Computer Science.

This thoughtfully written text uses the Internet as a central theme, studying its history, technology, and current use. Experimental problems use Web-based tools, enabling students to learn programming fundamentals by developing their own interactive Web pages with HTML 5 and JavaScript. Integrating breadth-based and depth-based chapters, Reed covers a broad range of topics balanced with programming depth in a hands-on, tutorial style.

David Reed is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from Duke University in 1992, and subsequently taught and conducted research at Duke University and Dickinson College before joining the Creighton faculty in 2000. His primary interests are in artificial intelligence, programming languages, and computer science education, where he has published extensively on topics such as apprentice-based learning, Web-based programming, and innovative instructional methods in introductory computer science. He is a member of the Liberal Arts Computer Science Consortium and the Chief Reader for the Advanced Placement® Computer Science Exam since 2004.
  • Illustrations and Web-based tools illuminate key points and support active learning.
  • Review questions end each of the computer science breadth chapters.
  • Incremental exercises build upon one another; eventually new programs for solving interesting and engaging problems are created.
  • “Common errors to avoid...” identify and discuss common errors and points of confusion.
  • “Designer secrets...” provide problem-solving and program design advice in special sections.
  • Nine laboratory assignments supplement the text, corresponding to each programming depth chapter.
Online resources Table of contents
  • 1 Computer Basics
  • 2 HTML and Web Pages
  • 3 The Internet and the Web
  • 4 JavaScript and Dynamic Web Pages
  • 5 JavaScript and User Interaction
  • 6 The History of Computers
  • 7 Functions and Randomness
  • 8 Algorithms and Programming Languages
  • 9 Abstraction and Libraries
  • 10 Computer Science as a Discipline
  • 11 Conditional Execution
  • 12 Data Representation
  • 13 Conditional Repetition
  • 14 Inside the Computer–The von Neumann Architecture
  • 15 JavaScript Strings
  • 16 Inside the Computer–Transistors and Integrated Circuits
  • 17 JavaScript Arrays
  • 18 Computers and Society
  • Appendix A: Browser Basics
  • Appendix B: Common Text Editors
  • Appendix C: HTML Reference
  • Appendix D: JavaScript Reference
  • Appendix E: random.jsLibrary
  • Appendix F: time.jsLibrary
  • Appendix G: arrays.jsLibrary
  • Index
  • Trademark Information
  • Photo Credits