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Pascal at Work and Play By Richard Forsyth

Pascal at Work and Play

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It is aimed at two audiences: on the one hand the computer professional who has a good knowledge of Cobol or Fortran but needs convincing that Pascal is worth learning, and on the other hand the amateur computer enthusiast who may have a smattering of Basic or may be an absolute beginner.

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Pascal at Work and Play: An Introduction to Computer Programming in Pascal by Richard Forsyth

This is both a first and a second level course in Pascal. It starts at an elementary level and works up to a point where problems of realistic complexity can be tackled. It is aimed at two audiences: on the one hand the computer professional who has a good knowledge of Cobol or Fortran but needs convincing that Pascal is worth learning, and on the other hand the amateur computer enthusiast who may have a smattering of Basic or may be an absolute beginner. Its approach is based on two principles that are not always widely recognized. The first is that computing is no longer a specialist subject. In the early days of computing a priesthood arose whose function was to minister to those awesome, and awesomely expensive, machines. Just as in the ancient world, when illiteracy was rife, the scribes formed a priestly caste with special status, so the programmers of yesteryear were regarded with reverence. But times are changing: mass computer- literacy is on its way. We find already that when a computer enters a classroom it is not long before the pupils are explaining the finer points of its use to their teacher - for children seem to have greater programming aptitude than adults. This book, it is hoped, is part of that process of education by which the computer is brought down to earth; and therefore it attempts to divest computing of the mystique (and deliberate mystification) that still tends to surround the subject.

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Table of Contents


1 Pascal at Large.- 1 Writing programs.- 2 A preview of Pascal.- 3 Declarations and types.- 4 Assignment and expressions.- 5 Simple input/output.- 6 Looping and grouping.- 7 Procedures and functions.- 8 Arrays.- 9 Files.- 10 Sets and records.- 11 Advanced topics.- 12 Programming practice.- 2 Pascal at Work.- 13 Case study 1 (Sorting).- 14 Case study 2 (Finding the shortest path).- 3 Pascal at Play.- 15 Case study 3 (Football simulation).- 16 Case study 4 (Go-Moku).- 4 Pascal at a Glance.- Appendix A ASCII code.- Appendix B Basic Pascal facts.- Appendix C Catalogue of software.- Appendix D Syntax diagrams.- References.- Solutions to selected exercises.

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GOR007010714
Pascal at Work and Play: An Introduction to Computer Programming in Pascal by Richard Forsyth
Richard Forsyth
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Chapman and Hall
1982-01-01
325
0412233800
9780412233807
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The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine.