By Kenneth A. Lambert
In basics OF PYTHON: FROM FIRST courses via facts buildings, Washington and Lee college professor Kenneth A. Lambert offers all the vital issues in CS1 and CS2 in a single quantity. This competitively priced structure presents teachers with a constant method of instructing introductory programming and knowledge buildings over a typical two-term direction series. The booklet makes use of the Python programming language, that's either effortless to profit for newbies and scales good to complicated functions.
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4 summarizes some of the major developments in the history of computing. The discussion that follows provides more details about these developments. [ 10 ] CHAPTER 1 Introduction May not be copied, scanned, or duplicated, in whole or in part. 1 Before Electronic Digital Computers Ancient mathematicians developed the first algorithms. The word “algorithm” comes from the name of a Persian mathematician, Muhammad ibn Musa Al-Khawarizmi, who wrote several mathematics textbooks in the ninth century.
They are unlike any machines we have ever built before, and they have formed the basis of the completely new world in which we live. Later in this book, we introduce a notation for expressing algorithms and some suggestions for designing algorithms. You will see that algorithms and algorithmic thinking are critical underpinnings of any computer system. 2 Information Processing Since human beings first learned to write several thousand years ago, they have processed information. Information itself has taken many forms in its history, from the marks impressed on clay tablets in ancient Mesopotamia, to the first written texts in ancient Greece, to the printed words in the books, newspapers, and magazines mass-produced since the European Renaissance, to the abstract symbols of modern mathematics and science used during the past 350 years.
Although they were among the first high-level programming languages, FORTAN and LISP have survived for decades. They have undergone many modifications to improve their capabilities and have served as models for the development of many other programming languages. COBOL, by contrast, is no longer in active use but has survived mainly in the form of legacy programs that must still be maintained. 3 A Not-So-Brief History of Computing Systems [ 17 ] C6840_01 11/19/08 11:41 AM Page 18 These new, high-level programming languages had one feature in common: abstraction.
Fundamentals of Python : from first programs through data structures by Kenneth A. Lambert