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Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, Second Edition (edition 1996)

by Harold Abelson, Gerald Jay Sussman, Julie Sussman

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Title:Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, Second Edition
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  tigermonkey | Apr 8, 2013 |
A deserving classic, available for free online, with extras, at "http://mitpress.mit.edu/sicp/". ( )
  espertus | Feb 8, 2009 |
The best book about the Scheme language, and therefore a very good introduction for any other functional language.
I mean a language where a function is like any other data type, that you can create and manipulate on the fly. ( )
  doegox | Oct 30, 2008 |
A must read for anyone trying to understand computer science and not just computer engineering. ( )
  circuitshaman | Oct 9, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0262011530, Hardcover)

Abelson and Sussman's classic Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs teaches readers how to program by employing the tools of abstraction and modularity. The authors' central philosophy is that programming is the task of breaking large problems into small ones. The book spends a great deal of time considering both this decomposition and the process of knitting the smaller pieces back together.

The authors employ this philosophy in their writing technique. The text asks the broad question "What is programming?" Having come to the conclusion that programming consists of procedures and data, the authors set off to explore the related questions of "What is data?" and "What is a procedure?"

The authors build up the simple notion of a procedure to dizzying complexity. The discussion culminates in the description of the code behind the programming language Scheme. The authors finish with examples of how to implement some of the book's concepts on a register machine. Through this journey, the reader not only learns how to program, but also how to think about programming.

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