A Balanced Introduction to Computer Science (3rd Edition)

A Balanced Introduction to Computer Science (3rd Edition)
By David Reed

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A Balanced Introduction to Computer Science, 3/e is ideal 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 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.


Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #397389 in Books
  • Published on: 2010-09-10
  • Ingredients: Example Ingredients
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.90" h x .80" w x 7.90" l, 1.50 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 432 pages

Editorial Reviews

Review
“The textbook [Reed] explains a concept, shows the code, then give a pictorial example to reinforce that point. An excellent example is in chapter four when talking about ONMOUSEOVER and ONMOUSEOUT.” — Dr. Jenna Miley, Bainbridge College

“The thing that struck me [about Reed] was how the examples are presented followed by adding functionality, basically anticipating questions that a reader would have after doing the examples.” — Lionel Craddock, Bluefield State College

“The examples are illuminating and effective.” — Lionel Craddock, Bluefield State College

“This text [Reed] offers very clear explanations of difficult topics.” — Ralph Hooper, University of Alabama

“Reed’s examples are relevant and fun; his language is clear and concise, and his use of the language is accessible to non-majors.” — Arnold D. Miles, Georgetown University

“The programming is presented in a well-organized manner; it builds smoothly.” — Arnold D. Miles, Georgetown University

From the Back Cover

A BALANCED INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE

SECOND EDITION

DAVID REED

 

This new edition of A Balanced Introduction to Computer Science represents a unique and proven approach to introductory computer science courses. In contrast with traditional texts that focus almost exclusively on either breadth (a survey of computing concepts) or depth (programming and problem-solving), this text provides a balanced view of computing. Breadth chapters cover concepts and issues in computing that are most relevant to the beginning student, including computer terminology, the Internet and Web, algorithms and software, and technology's impact on society. Mixed among these topics are depth chapters that introduce fundamental programming concepts and skills with hands-on tutorials. Using HTML and the programming language JavaScript, students develop problem-solving skills as they design and implement interactive Web pages.

 

Breadth Chapters

  • Breadth-based chapters focus on topics that are most relevant to a beginning student and are written in an engaging, easy-to-read style.
  • Illustrations, photographs, and Web-based visualization tools are used extensively to illuminate key points.
  • Each chapter ends with a Chapter Summary, which identifies key concepts, and Review Questions that encourage reflection and the integration of content from that chapter.
  • For the second edition, new material has been added on recent developments and new technologies, including flash memory, cascading style sheets, Web accessibility standards, dual-core processors, online music formats, and bioinformatics

Depth Chapters

  • Depth-based chapters are presented as hands-on tutorials, recognizing that the only way to learn programming and problem solving is to actually do it.
  • Tutorial exercises follow an incremental approach, allowing students to master programming concepts by first studying and modifying existing programs before designing and implementing new programs that solve interesting problems.
  • Program design and debugging advice is provided in special sections called "Designer secrets..." and "Common errors to avoid..."
  • Each chapter includes a Chapter Summary that identifies key concepts, and Supplemental material and Exercises to facilitate further study.
  • For the second edition, all code has been updated to meet current XHTML and ECMA standards, and Chapters 7 and 9 have been reorganized to emphasize event-driven programming and user interaction.

About the Author

 

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 Dickingon College before joining the faculty at Creighton 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.

 

 

 

About the Author
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.


Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
1Most frustrating textbook I've ever used.
By Ford Country
If you want an exercise in frustration, try to do the coding examples and exercises in this book. The examples are okay, but then the exercises expect you to do something completely new that the author has not explained or shown in examples. They have completely new commands that you are apparently supposed to just know or pull out of thin air. I managed to get a look at the answer key (next to impossible due to copyright rules--and there is no student solutions guide that I could find) and there was definitely new information in the answers to the exercises.

I almost threw my copy in the trash at the end of the course, but finally resold it at a ridiculously low price just in case some other unfortunate student was required to use it. The least I could do was spare a little of the price agony.

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful.
4GETTING THE BASICS DOWN!
By Mark Z. Filter
This book was required for a college course. It is a great book to learn about Computer Science in general. The book focuses on the internet and creating basic Web-pages. You will learn how to work with JavaScript and HTML code. You gain the knowledge to generally understand how to possibly make a Forum website. The book stresses text/number input, manipulation of text/numbers, and then output of text/numbers in various ways. You will learn about the history of the internet, the difference between what the Internet is and the World Wide Web. Yes, there is a difference! The drawback to this book is that there are a lot of type-o's in the code examples. You will learn enough in the book to be able to proof read the example, but it may cause you some headaches.

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
5Good Book, if a little expensive
By Amazon Customer
I had to buy this book for class, and I've been trudging through the exercises for the last month. Reed does a good job of explaining things and starting with basics and then building on them. I don't ever stress about the exercises, because in general they are rather easy, though they do consistently take longer than I expect them to take. Good for learning HTML & Javascript basics.

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