Computer Continuum

ISBN-10: 0558345166
ISBN-13: 9780558345167
Edition: 5th 2009
List price: $157.00
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Description: In most of the sciences, introductory college courses focus on concepts rather than their practical application, with the latter reserved for more advanced study. An exception to this has been the fields of information systems and computer science,  More...

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Book details

List price: $157.00
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Pearson Learning Solutions
Publication date: 9/10/2009
Binding: Paperback
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.398
Language: English

In most of the sciences, introductory college courses focus on concepts rather than their practical application, with the latter reserved for more advanced study. An exception to this has been the fields of information systems and computer science, in which instruction has tended to focus directly on the tools of the trade, such as the technical aspects of word processing, spreadsheets, and databases. The philosophy of The Computer Continuum, however,is to concentrate on the concepts of information systems and computer science, such as data representation, operating systems, programming languages, and algorithms. While each chapter includes sections on software applications, and laboratory manuals are available to go with the text, the “concepts approach” of The Computer Continuum gives it a value that will last well beyond the current generation of computer tools. It builds a lasting foundation of fundamental concepts to prepare graduates for the future. Primarily for use in undergraduate introductory computer concepts courses offered by departments of information systems or computer science, The Computer Continuum is equally appealing to liberal arts majors and computer science majors. The text material has been tested on more than 10,000 college students in both large and small classes, and most of the concepts as presented can be expected to remain current for years to come. Furthermore, simulation and the associated computer concepts introduced in Chapter 11, “Simulation: Modeling the Physical World,” are the foundation for a new approach to computer science, in addition to the theoretical and experimental approaches.

Barrie Sosinsky, PhD is Chief Analyst and Founder of the Sosinsky Group, a consulting group focusing on network system design, database design, and application development and testing. He has written or contributed to over 35 technical books and 500 articles and is the founding editor of Storage Update newsletter.

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