Programming for the Puzzled (MIT Press)
Programming for the Puzzled (MIT Press)
Monday, 08 January 2018

With a subtitle of "Learn to Program While Solving Puzzles", this book builds a bridge between the recreational world of algorithmic puzzles (puzzles that can be solved by algorithms) and the pragmatic world of computer programming, teaching readers to program while solving puzzles.  Author Srini Devadas has included twenty puzzles and seventy programming exercises that vary in difficulty. Each lesson starts with the description of a puzzle illustrating concepts required to solve similar problems, and the solution to the puzzle becomes the specification of the code to be written.


The book decouples understanding the functionality of the code from understanding programming language syntax and semantics. Python syntax and semantics required to understand the code are explained as needed for each puzzle.

Author: Srini Devadas
Publisher: MIT Press
Date: Nov 2017
Pages: 272
ISBN: 978-0262534307
Print: 0262534304
Kindle: B077GLCR99
Audience: trainee programmers
Level: introductory
Category: Theory & Techniques


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Date: May 15, 2015
Pages: 360
ISBN: 978-1118961742
Print: 1118961749
Kindle: B00VOY1I98
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Rating: 3.5
Reviewer:  Mike James 

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Print: 0134433947
Kindle: B01J3RV0BI
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