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.
“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
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-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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
Most 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.
GETTING THE BASICS DOWN!
By Mark Z. Filter
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Good Book, if a little expensive
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