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The Science of Programming (Monographs in Computer Science)
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I have used the methods in this book to develop advanced algorithms in Computer Graphics which could not have been developed in any other way.
The book is both a tutorial and reference. It is clearly written and organized.
When I first read this book, it was as though a bolt of lightning had struck me. Applying its methods, I became a much better programmer. I went from someone who struggled to get the code right to someone who always got the code right. For the first time I understood what programming was all about. I read the book on vacation while my wife and I were staying at my father's home in Sag Harbor New York and it was one of the most incredible intellectual adventures of my life. I'll never forget the smell of the sea and the sand and the logic going off like lightning flashes inside my brain.
I have to admit I'm one of those guys who just wish my code would "somehow" work.
If in a good day my code passed all tests, I would be "convinced" it's correct.
I haven't realized how stupid that was until I came across this book.
This book was written 25 years ago, however I still find the techniques quite advanced, the way it reasons about correctness quite profound.
If you decide to pick up this book (yay!), a bit of advice:
1. Don't think it as "another" programming language book you can skim quickly, you really need to grasp the ideas behind those seemingly natural theorems & proofs.
2. Prof. David Gries himself stressed a few times in the book that even attempting to prove some of the theorems would change the way you think. So make sure you solve the problems in the exercises, you'll be surprised the concept is not as simple as it seems.
3. Find a quiet spot :) You probably don't want to read this while on a bus or subway.
Enjoy the journey!
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Being asked to give this book a star rating is almost unfair. This book is foundational to the science of programming, and should be treated as foundational. Read morePublished on October 24, 2012 by Amazon Customer
If you want to make a good programmer,you should study it. Many programmers just like programming , but they ignore how to verify their program is whether good enough or not.Published on November 18, 2003 by Ozzy Chen