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Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs

by Harold Abelson, Gerald Jay Sussman (Author), Julie Sussman (Author)

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Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs has had a dramatic impact on computer science curricula over the past decade. This long-awaited revision contains changes throughout the text. There are new implementations of most of the major programming systems in the book, including the interpreters and compilers, and the authors have incorporated many small changes that reflect their experience teaching the course at MIT since the first edition was published. A new theme has been introduced that emphasizes the central role played by different approaches to dealing with time in computational models: objects with state, concurrent programming, functional programming and lazy evaluation, and nondeterministic programming. There are new example sections on higher-order procedures in graphics and on applications of stream processing in numerical programming, and many new exercises. In addition, all the programs have been reworked to run in any Scheme implementation that adheres to the IEEE standard.… (more)
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I came across this book, to help me understand, behind the scenes of Computing.

As with the reviews, I do believe this is an important book. It's going to help you form abstraction. It will give you the foundational base.

Sometimes, I dream that a Computer is layers of the movie Inception.

Too many times, I come across people in industry -- who would say, I program in 10 different languages, and thump their chest. There's nothing wrong with a person who has the ability to program in 10 different languages.

The more important ability -- is to master abstraction, represent problem-sets and solve them. For this, one can use a programming language of his own choice contingent upon the requirements.

If you do not read this book, Yes, I'd reiterate you'd be a garbage programmer. This is regardless of domain or language.

I really appreciated this book. It uses LISP. I think, what matters to a reader is raising the ability of understanding. If you want a summary of it, do send me a message.

I would recommend this to anyone involved with building software, researchers, engineers.

Deus Vult,
Gottfried ( )
  gottfried_leibniz | Jun 25, 2021 |
This is a comprehensive book that would have been fantastic had I not learned half of it in university, and the other half from functional programming. Most of the problems in the book feel like they're desperately grasping for a type-system, and needing to be very clever in order to get around their lack of such. It's not a bad read by any means, but I didn't get nearly as much out of it as people promised I would. ( )
  isovector | Dec 13, 2020 |
The best text for an introduction to computer programming. ( )
  guyhaas | Apr 15, 2020 |
I studied literature as an undergrad and information management as a grad student. Since I am now a computer programmer I thought I should fill in some of the gaps in my computer science education starting with this book, which is the standard textbook for introductory courses at all the big CS programs.
  joshuagomez | May 31, 2019 |
*Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs* has had a dramatic impact on computer science curricula over the past decade. This long-awaited revision contains changes throughout the text.
There are new implementations of most of the major programming systems in the book, including the interpreters and compilers, and the authors have incorporated many small changes that reflect their experience teaching the course at MIT since the first edition was published.
A new theme has been introduced that emphasizes the central role played by different approaches to dealing with time in computational models: objects with state, concurrent programming, functional programming and lazy evaluation, and nondeterministic programming. There are new example sections on higher-order procedures in graphics and on applications of stream processing in numerical programming, and many new exercises.
In addition, all the programs have been reworked to run in any Scheme implementation that adheres to the IEEE standard.
** ( )
  buffygurl | Mar 8, 2019 |
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This book is dedicated, in respect and admiration, to the spirit that lives in the computer.
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Thus, programs must be written for people to read, and only incidentally for machines to execute. (p. xv)
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Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs has had a dramatic impact on computer science curricula over the past decade. This long-awaited revision contains changes throughout the text. There are new implementations of most of the major programming systems in the book, including the interpreters and compilers, and the authors have incorporated many small changes that reflect their experience teaching the course at MIT since the first edition was published. A new theme has been introduced that emphasizes the central role played by different approaches to dealing with time in computational models: objects with state, concurrent programming, functional programming and lazy evaluation, and nondeterministic programming. There are new example sections on higher-order procedures in graphics and on applications of stream processing in numerical programming, and many new exercises. In addition, all the programs have been reworked to run in any Scheme implementation that adheres to the IEEE standard.

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