Searching for the Moon

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Posted by shannonclark on March 11, 2003

How to Think Like a Computer Scientist

Last Thursday after a great discussion at Cafe Society, I had a conversation with a man who currently works at Etrade about technology and about learning to program.

Had I known about this series of open books, this would be what I suggested to him to start with. Three books, one for Java, Python, and C++ all freely available and open (under the GNU license) with rich content about how to learn to program and “think” like a computer scientist.

This is nearly my exact suggestion to him – before he got focused on learning a particular technology or a particular programming language and toolkit, he should first take a class that would teach him how to “think” like a programmer. I’d suggest to him that he look for a class that used one of these books.

If you (or someone you know) wants a resource for learning to program – I would highly recommend starting here.


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