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How to Think Like a Computer Scientist: C Version

Author: Allen B. Downey, Thomas Scheffler - Translator
Subject: Computer Science
Source: Open Textbook Library
Publisher: Green Tea Press
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The goal of this book is to teach you to think like a computer scientist. I like the way computer scientists think because they combine some of the best features of Mathematics/ Engineering/ and Natural Science. Like mathematicians/ computer scientists use formal languages to denote ideas (specifically computations). Like engineers/ they design things/ assembling components into systems and evaluating trade offs among alternatives. Like scientists/ they observe the behavior of complex systems/ form hypotheses/ and test predictions.The single most important skill for a computer scientist is problem-solving. By that I mean the ability to formulate problems/ think creatively about solutions/ and express a solution clearly and accurately. As it turns out/ the process of learning to program is an excellent opportunity to practice problem-solving skills. That’s why this chapter is called “The way of the program.”

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