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If you know basic high-school math, you can quickly learn and apply the core concepts of computer science with this concise, hands-on book. Led by a team of experts, you'll quickly understand the difference between computer science and computer programming, and you'll learn how algorithms help you solve computing problems. Each chapter builds on material introduced earlier If you know basic high-school math, you can quickly learn and apply the core concepts of computer science with this concise, hands-on book. Led by a team of experts, you'll quickly understand the difference between computer science and computer programming, and you'll learn how algorithms help you solve computing problems. Each chapter builds on material introduced earlier in the book, so you can master one core building block before moving on to the next. You'll explore fundamental topics such as loops, arrays, objects, and classes, using the easy-to-learn Ruby programming language. Then you'll put everything together in the last chapter by programming a simple game of tic-tac-toe. Learn how to write algorithms to solve real-world problems Understand the basics of computer architecture Examine the basic tools of a programming language Explore sequential, conditional, and loop programming structures Understand how the array data structure organizes storage Use searching techniques and comparison-based sorting algorithms Learn about objects, including how to build your own Discover how objects can be created from other objects Manipulate files and use their data in your software


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If you know basic high-school math, you can quickly learn and apply the core concepts of computer science with this concise, hands-on book. Led by a team of experts, you'll quickly understand the difference between computer science and computer programming, and you'll learn how algorithms help you solve computing problems. Each chapter builds on material introduced earlier If you know basic high-school math, you can quickly learn and apply the core concepts of computer science with this concise, hands-on book. Led by a team of experts, you'll quickly understand the difference between computer science and computer programming, and you'll learn how algorithms help you solve computing problems. Each chapter builds on material introduced earlier in the book, so you can master one core building block before moving on to the next. You'll explore fundamental topics such as loops, arrays, objects, and classes, using the easy-to-learn Ruby programming language. Then you'll put everything together in the last chapter by programming a simple game of tic-tac-toe. Learn how to write algorithms to solve real-world problems Understand the basics of computer architecture Examine the basic tools of a programming language Explore sequential, conditional, and loop programming structures Understand how the array data structure organizes storage Use searching techniques and comparison-based sorting algorithms Learn about objects, including how to build your own Discover how objects can be created from other objects Manipulate files and use their data in your software

30 review for Computer Science Programming Basics in Ruby: Exploring Concepts and Curriculum with Ruby

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bonix

    Well, they don't joke around when they say about basics. That said, it is a good introduction to programming and CS, I wish I had started to learn with a book like this. But do we need yet another introduction book to programming? I guess not. But I enjoyed how the book takes its time to explain what is the difference of bit and byte, binary and hexadecimal numbers. As a self-taught programmer, there are a few points that I had never taken the time to understand, but they are rare. So if you are Well, they don't joke around when they say about basics. That said, it is a good introduction to programming and CS, I wish I had started to learn with a book like this. But do we need yet another introduction book to programming? I guess not. But I enjoyed how the book takes its time to explain what is the difference of bit and byte, binary and hexadecimal numbers. As a self-taught programmer, there are a few points that I had never taken the time to understand, but they are rare. So if you are a seasoned programmer or have a bit more than the basics, this book is not for you. But I would definitely recommend this to a total beginner.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Hussaya

    One of my favorite Ruby programming book. It is for beginner, easy to understand and come with the exercises on each chapter.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin

    As someone who has returned to computer science and programming after a long break, I've been trying to get up to speed (again) with both basics and more advanced topics. I've also been keeping an eye out for a good introduction for my wife, who has some interest in cs after working in librarianship for a while. But I'm not sure this is that book. Some of the book is very on-target as an intro book to cs/programming: how to approach a problem (state the steps, think about control flow), the usual As someone who has returned to computer science and programming after a long break, I've been trying to get up to speed (again) with both basics and more advanced topics. I've also been keeping an eye out for a good introduction for my wife, who has some interest in cs after working in librarianship for a while. But I'm not sure this is that book. Some of the book is very on-target as an intro book to cs/programming: how to approach a problem (state the steps, think about control flow), the usual foundations (binary numbers, variables, loops, arrays and hashes). Some of this gets a little more advanced, but still necessary (searching/sorting); and some of it gets into object-oriented programming which may or may not be necessary. Frankly, I think an intro to cs shouldn't (these days) consider OO foundational without mentioning other programming paradigms. And talk about OO can get a little hairy if you've never been exposed to it before. And, frankly, though it is hard for me to judge, a lot of the language here seems pretty dense--too dense for an introductory book even when it's covering introductory topics. That said, I do think the searching/sorting chapter is pretty good for what it covers--finally, a good explanation of radix short. Though, really, even there, the authors try to keep the book manageably sized and do so with that time-honored Fermat technique: "This topic is too large for this size, so go find some other book." That's what you'd expect from an intro book, and yet I wasn't really into what they choose to go into and what they choose to put off.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Anton Antonov

    CS with Ruby is a great combination of classic Cs literature and a modern approach. The choice of Ruby makes the coding as close as possible to English. The head first theory before any programming remains true to any CS book, but CS with Ruby skips a few parts of the compilation and interpretation done by compilers or interpreters, to ease the reader. The chapters are nicely organized with really idiomatic summary of the keywords mentioned in each one of the chapters, before going in the exercise CS with Ruby is a great combination of classic Cs literature and a modern approach. The choice of Ruby makes the coding as close as possible to English. The head first theory before any programming remains true to any CS book, but CS with Ruby skips a few parts of the compilation and interpretation done by compilers or interpreters, to ease the reader. The chapters are nicely organized with really idiomatic summary of the keywords mentioned in each one of the chapters, before going in the exercises. The exercises are surprisingly few though. Yes, they are enough to grasp the basics, but there could be more for the motivated ones. Reasons why the book is a 4: The installation and setup parts are something that may need more attention. It leaves too much to assume and predict by the reader. This could be avoided by investing 5 more pages into that. There is a dedicated searching and sorting chapter but not a whole one for Data structures. This is important and worth 30 pages. Last but not least it needs a refresher addressing the issues and using a newer Ruby version. However I would recommended CD with Ruby to anyone starting CS Bs or having the programming basics down or so and wanting to learn more CS. Ex read Ruby Wizardry and then reading this one.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sefa

    Computer science basics in Ruby. Really basic stuff, except the last few chapters. I don't see the point for teaching objects, inheritance, etc. in an introductory programming book/course. It's a decent book in general, though. Computer science basics in Ruby. Really basic stuff, except the last few chapters. I don't see the point for teaching objects, inheritance, etc. in an introductory programming book/course. It's a decent book in general, though.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Kuehnle

    A great introduction to CS with lots of examples and code to play with. Unfortunately, as the book progresses, there are a fair amount of grammatical and code errors. I found the code fun to debug, but the grammatical errors are annoying.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Eric Guzman

    Aprender ciencias de la computación, a crear algoritmos y claro a programar, utilizando el lenguaje más fácil para aprender, un muy buen libro, se lo recomiendo a todos mis colegas desarrolladores. aprender desde otro punto de vista nunca está mal.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Janice

    good first concepts of programming book. i picked this up to see some basics in ruby, not worth it as a language introduction.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jayson Virissimo

    I wish this book would have been my introduction to computer science rather than whatever Java textbook we used in CSE110.

  10. 5 out of 5

    ᴀᴍɪᴛ

    Very basic but a good read. First comers content.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Omar Delarosa

  12. 5 out of 5

    Thiago

  13. 4 out of 5

    user091823742

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jenifer Taylor

  15. 4 out of 5

    Shah

  16. 5 out of 5

    Piotr

  17. 4 out of 5

    Noah

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sanjeev Kumar

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nick Altobelli

  20. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Gligorov

  21. 5 out of 5

    Leon Si

  22. 5 out of 5

    Julio Sueiras

  23. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Barry

  24. 5 out of 5

    Afin

  25. 4 out of 5

    Steven

    Extremely basic introduction to computer science programming in Ruby.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Closner

  27. 5 out of 5

    Abdullah Barrak

  28. 5 out of 5

    John

  29. 4 out of 5

    Oxana Udodova

  30. 5 out of 5

    Pietro Rutzen

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