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The Algebra of Programming (Prentice-Hall International Series in Computer Science) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0135072455
ISBN-10: 013507245X
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Describes an algebraic approach to programming that permits the calculation of programs. Introduces the fundamentals of algebra for programming. Presents paradigms and strategies of program construction that form the core of Algorithm Design. Discusses functions and categories; applications; relations and allegories; datatypes; recursive programs, optimization issues, thinning algorithms, dynamic programming and greedy algorithms. Appropriate for all programmers.
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Product Details

  • Series: Prentice-Hall International Series in Computer Science
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1st edition (September 26, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 013507245X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0135072455
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,085,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is about as far as it is possible for a book on programming to get from Java for Dummies, and still be a book about programming, and in fact it may not even be identifiable as a book on programming by someone used to Java for Dummies type books. Will it help you knock up a webserver with Java enterprise whatevers? No - not remotely. Will it help you to become a better programmer? Most definitely, by teaching you to be much more sensitive to the natural algebraic structure of the data you are working with.

This isn't the first, the second, or even the tenth book you should read about programming, but after you have read things like David Gries' 'Science of programming', and long after you have read things like Structure and Interpretation, you could do a lot worse than have a look at this.

Currently, second hand copies on Amazon are priced far north of 100 dollars, which seems right, though note that you can pick up copies from India, where it appears to be in print, for a lot less.
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