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This book provides a solid introduction to computer science that emphasizes software engineering and the development of good programming style. Writing in an engaging style, Stanford professor Eric Roberts makes difficult concepts accessible and exciting. The text focuses on the use of libraries and abstractions, which are essential to modern programming. Moreover, by using libraries to hide C's complexity, Roberts introduces topics in an order that allows students to master each one individually. As soon as the student has the background to understand the details, Roberts reveals the underlying implementation of each library. With this approach, the libraries themselves demonstrate the power of abstraction.
Eric S. Roberts is a Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University and the department's Associate Chair for Educational Affairs. He is also the Charles Simonyi Professor for Innovation in Teaching. After receiving his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University in 1980, Dr. Roberts founded and chaired the computer science department at Wellesley College. He then worked for five years as a researcher for Digital Equipment Corporation's Systems Research Center in Palo Alto, California. Dr. Roberts is also the author of The Art and Science of C, published by Addison-Wesley in 1995.
I. THE BASICS OF C PROGRAMMING.Learning by Example.
II. LIBRARIES AND MODULAR DEVELOPMENT.Libraries and Interfaces: A Simple Graphics Package.
III. COMPOUND DATA TYPES.Arrays.