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Engineering Problem Solving with C (4th Edition) Paperback – March 24, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0136085317 ISBN-10: 0136085318 Edition: 4th

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 4 edition (March 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0136085318
  • ISBN-13: 978-0136085317
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Dr. Delores M. Etter joined the Electrical Engineering faculty at Southern Methodist University (SMU) on June 2, 2008.¿ She holds the Texas Instruments Distinguished Chair in Engineering Education, and is the Director of the Caruth Institute for Engineering Education.¿ Dr. Etter holds a joint appointment in the Computer Science Department, and is a Senior Fellow of the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies.¿ Her research interests include digital signal processing and biometric signal processing, with an emphasis on identification using iris recognition. She has also written a number of textbooks on computer languages and software engineering.

Dr. Etter previously held the Office of Naval Research Distinguished Chair in the Electrical/Computer Engineering Department at the United States Naval Academy where she was a faculty member from 2001 to 2008.¿ She was formerly a member of the Electrical /Computer Engineering Departments at the University of Colorado, Boulder (1990-98), and at the University of New Mexico (1980-89).¿ She was also a Visiting Professor in the Information Systems Laboratory at Stanford University in 1983-84.

Dr. Etter has held two senior executive positions in the Department of Defense.¿ As Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition from Nov 2005 through Nov 2007, Dr. Etter was the Senior Acquisition Executive for the Navy and the Marine Corps.¿ She was also the Senior Acquisition Executive for several Joint programs, including the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) and the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle (MRAP). From June 1998 through July 2001, Dr. Etter served as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Science and Technology. In that position, she was responsible for Defense Science and Technology strategic planning, budget allocation, and program execution and evaluation for the DoD Science and Technology Program.

Dr. Etter is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.¿ She is also a former member of the National Science Board and the Defense Science Board.¿ She is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).¿ Dr. Etter has received many national awards and honors.¿ She has also received the Department of the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award, the Secretary of Defense Outstanding Public Service Medal, and the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By dpm on October 31, 2012
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I have been searching a dozen years or more for a good introductory programming book for mechanical engineers. While I have a shelf full of texts claiming to fit the bill, I have yet to find one that is really satisfactory.

Etter's book looked promising. The general organization of the book is pretty good, and the problems used as examples have more of an engineering flair than is typical of intro programming books. I also like that there are style notes throughout as well as the no-bug notes of common mistakes.

Unfortunately, the organization has lapses. For example, the char data type along with the ctype.h library are introduced in chapter 2 (which is the first chapter dealing with code) while strings and arrays are not introduced until 3/4 of the way through the book -- by which time any memory of char has faded away for most students.

While many of the style comments offer good advice, some of the style exhibited in the example programs is terrible. For example, function prototypes are written inside of main rather than near the beginning of the file, or in a header file.

And finally, this is the 4th edition of the book; why is the bubble sort example (p 243) full of errors (there are missing brackets, random indentation, and an absolutely horrible use of an extra variable m that serves no purpose but to confuse). How this got past the editors (especially after 4 editions) beats me.

My search for the ideal C text continues.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Elizabeth on May 12, 2013
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The layout of this text is very helpful for keeping the material straight. It is written with clarity. The real-world sample problems are interesting. I have just one concern, which kept me from giving it 5 stars: there are errors in some of the answers to practice problems. I don't see why these would not have all been carefully checked. (For reference, I have the international edition.) Nonetheless, a great text!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Robb on January 17, 2013
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VERY useful textbook. Highly detailed, plenty of examples, simple and clear explanations... I can't sing enough praises to this book. Great for learning problem solving using C programming.
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By Justmetmt on April 15, 2015
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Not for absolute beginners. But good material.
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By ZULLY CHACON on January 2, 2015
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Very helpful in class and as a guide.
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