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A Balanced Introduction to Computer Science - David Reed

A Balanced Introduction to Computer Science

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This thoughtfully written volume uses the Internet as a central theme, studying its history, technology, and current use. Experimental problems use Web-based tools, enabling readers to learn programming fundamentals by developing their own interactive Web pages with HTML and JavaScript. Covers a broad range of topics balanced with programming depth in a hands-on, tutorial style. Uses revised HTML and JavaScript code throughout (updated to match current XHTML 1.0 and ECMA-262 standards, respectively). Introduces event-driven pages earlier. Updates statistics on the Internet/Web and computer specifications. Provides new material throughout on recent developments and new technologies. Appendices provide a useful reference for programmers.

Introduction and Overview
Balancing Breadth and Depth
Text Goals
Text Features
Changes in the 2nd Edition
Advice for the Student
Advice for the Instructor
Computer Basics
What is a Computer?
Central Processing Unit (CPU)Memory
Input/Output Devices (I/O)Software
Operating Systems
Internet and the Web
Web Browsers and Servers
Web Addresses
Accessing Local Pages
Looking Ahead...Chapter Summary
Review Questions
HTML and Web Pages
HTML Basics
HTML Elements
Document Formatting
Text Spacing
Headings and Alignment
Font Formatting
Hypertext and Multimedia
Formatting Lists
Table Borders
Table Alignment
Making Pages Accessible
Chapter Summary
Supplemental Material and Exercises
The Internet and the World Wide Web
History of the Internet
Growth and Privatization
How the Internet Works
Distributed Network
Internet Protocols: TCP/IP
Domain Names
History of the Web
Hypertext and the Web
The Web Goes Mainstream
Web GrowthHow the Web Works
HTMLWeb Protocol: HTTPCaching
Chapter Summary
Review Questions
JavaScript and Dynamic Web Pages
Dynamic Web Pages
Interaction via Assignments and Write Statements
Formatting Output
JavaScript Variables
Variables and Memory Cells
Interactive Pages
Localizing Changes with Variables
Example: Interactive Stories
Looking Ahead...Chapter Summary
Supplemental Material and Exercises
JavaScript Numbers and Expressions
Data Types and Operators
Variables and Expressions
Number Representation
Evaluating Mixed Expressions
Prompting for Numbers
Predefined JavaScript Functions
Raising Numbers to a Power
Generating Random Numbers
Programming Errors and Debugging
Looking Ahead...Chapter Summary
Supplemental Material and Exercises
The History of Computers
Mechanical Computers (1642-1945)Programmable Devices
Electromagnetic Relays
Vacuum Tubes (1945-1954)Computing and World War IIThe von Neumann Architecture
Transistors (1954-1963)High-Level Programming Languages
Integrated Circuits (1963-1973)Large-Scale Integration
Computing for Businesses
VLSI (1973-1985)The Personal Computer Revolution
Parallel Processing and Networking (1985-????)Looking Ahead...Chapter Summary
Review Questions
Event-Driven Pages
Initiating Actions via Buttons
Input/Output via Text Boxes
Text Boxes for Displaying Output
Text Boxes for Accessing Input
Text Boxes for Handling Both Input and Output
Input/Output via Text AreasDynamic Images
Simplifying Buttons with Functions
Looking Ahead...Chapter Summary
Supplemental Material and Exercises
Algorithms and Programming Languages
Algorithms in the Real World
Designing and Analyzing Algorithms
An Alternative Algorithm
Algorithm Analysis
Big Oh Notation
Algorithm Example: Searching a List
Sequential Search
Binary Search
Algorithm Analysis
Algorithm Example: Approximating a S
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ISBN: 9780136017226
ISBN-10: 0136017223
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 1st September 2007
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 20.32  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 2