An Introduction to Programming with Specifications

An Introduction to Programming with Specifications

1st Edition - January 28, 1991

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  • eBook ISBN: 9780080984469

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A feature of modern advanced computing is the functional approach to programming. In this book, the authors present an introduction to the mathematics which underline functional programming, emphasizing the understanding of definition and specification--a prerequisite of good programming and problem solving with a computer. The book is self-contained, requiring a low level of mathematical sophistication and may be used as an introduction to the mathematics of programming.

Key Features

Provides an introduction to the functional approach to programming**Emphasizes the problem to be solved, not the programming language**Takes the view that all computer programs are a definition of a function**Includes exercises for each chapter**Can be used as a pre-programming language introduction to the mathematics of computing.


Undergraduate students in computer science or mathematics taking a functional/formal methods approach to a first course in computing.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction. Basic Mathematical Vocabulary. On Definitions and Specifications. Conditional Expressions. Local Definitions. Recursive Function Definitions. Designing Recursive Definitions. More Complex Recursion. High-Order Data: Sequences. Our Main Tool: Induction. Proving Facts about Recursively Defined Functions. Tail Recursion. Iterative Algorithms. From Recursion to Iteration and Back. Partial and Total Correctness. How to Design Iterative Algorithms. Computer Programming. Solutions of Exercises. Recommendations for Further Reading. Index of Technical Terms. Index.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 267
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1991
  • Published: January 28, 1991
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080984469

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