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Program Construction: Calculating Implementations from Specifications

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Programming is a highly skilled activity, and good programmers are few and far between. In few other professions is the 90-10 rule (90% of the effort goes into the last 10% of the work) so vitally important. Many programmers are able to write programs that 'work' in most circumstances; few programmers know the basic principles of program specification, let alone how to construct programs that guarantee to meet their specifications in all circumstances.

It is no wonder. Many texts have been written that explain how to encode computational processes in some specific programming language (C, Java, Visual Basic, or whatever), but few tackle the much harder problem of presenting the problemsolving skills that are needed to formulate programming problems precisely and concisely, and to convert those formulations into elegant implementations.

This book is about programming per se. It is about the most elementary principles of program construction—problem decomposition, invariant properties, and guarantees of progress. It is intended to appeal to both novice programmers, who wish to start on the right track, and to experienced programmers who wish to properly master their craft.
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Diagnosing Wild Species Harvest: Resource Use and Conservation
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Unity in Action: Multiplatform Game Development in C# with Unity 5
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Unity in Action teaches you how to write and deploy games. You'll master the Unity toolset from the ground up, adding the skills you need to go from application coder to game developer. Based on Unity version 5.

Purchase of the print book includes a free eBook in PDF, Kindle, and...

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Network Algorithmics,: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Designing Fast Networked Devices
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"George Varghese has had a remarkable impact on the real world of networking with his algorithmic innovations over many years. The networking research and development community is fortunate that he has now distilled his knowledge in this very readable, insightful, and much-needed book."
--Bruce Davie, Cisco Fellow, Cisco Systems...
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