The 4th, 3rd, 2nd, and 1st editions, now out of date, used the ISBNs , , , and respectively. We recommend using the new 5th edition for the best and newest content. About the Textbook: Our book uses a "back to basics" approach that stresses fundamentals first. We know from years of experience that a broad range of scientists, engineers and others can be taught how to program in a procedural manner.
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Errata Latest updates: Aug A free online-only supplementary Chapter 13 on Inheritance has been posted to the Samples section. Check it out! Sep Building Python Programs, 1st edition, is now available! ISBN This new textbook is designed for use in a first course in computer science. We have written it for a broad audience, not just for computer science majors.
It is based on the best-selling Building Java Programs , currently in its 4th edition. The Python textbook materials have also been class tested with hundreds of undergraduates at the University of Arizona, most of whom were not CS majors.
We know from years of experience that a broad range of scientists, engineers and others can be taught how to program in a procedural manner. So our book begins with a traditional procedural approach. Once we have built a solid foundation of procedural techniques, we turn to object oriented programming.
By the end of the course, students will have learned about both styles of programming. Rather than just describing programming constructs, we talk in detail about how to apply each construct and where a novice is likely to go wrong when learning how to use each new construct.
All of our early chapters end with a comprehensive "case study" example so that students can see how to apply the new concepts to a mid-sized program. At the University of Washington, we cover a chapter each week and have a different programming assignment each week to allow students to practice the new concepts.
Teaching a novice to program is like building a house of cards. Each new card has to be placed carefully. If you rush the process and try to place too many cards at once, the entire structure collapses. Testimonials: Since the book is newly released, we are still seeking feedback.
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