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A Structured Programming Approach to Data

  • Derek┬áColeman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. An Overview of Program Design

    1. Derek Coleman
      Pages 1-5
  3. Program Design Notation

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      Pages 6-20
  4. Arrays

    1. Derek Coleman
      Pages 21-26
  5. Simple Data Structuring

    1. Derek Coleman
      Pages 27-35
  6. On Program Design

    1. Derek Coleman
      Pages 36-48
  7. Exercises 1

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-52
    2. Derek Coleman
      Pages 53-65
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      Pages 66-79
    4. Derek Coleman
      Pages 80-94
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      Pages 95-112
  8. Exercises 2

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-115
    2. Derek Coleman
      Pages 116-127
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      Pages 128-140
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      Pages 141-157
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      Pages 158-180
  9. Exercises 3

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-186
    2. Derek Coleman
      Pages 187-209
  10. Exercises 4

    1. Derek Coleman
      Pages 210-216
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 217-222

About this book

Introduction

Much of current programming practice is basically empirical and ad hoc in approach. Each problem is tackled without relation to those that have gone before; experiences are made and stored as a series of fragments. Now, under the pressure of events, this unsatisfactory state of affairs is coming to an end. Programming is becoming a technology, a theory known as structured programming is developing. The purpose of a theory is to categorise and explain existing practice, thus enabling it to be improved through the development of new and sharper techniques. The resulting experiences have then to be fed back into the theory so that the process of enrichment may continue. This dialectical relationship between theory and practice is essential to a healthy programming technology. The lack of such a relationship in the 1950s and 60s and the accompanying software crisis certainly confirm the converse of this proposition. My aim in writing this book has been to explain the current state of the theory of structured programming, so that it may be used to improve the reader's practice. The book deals with two facets of programming - how to design a program in terms of abstract data structures and how to represent the data structures on real and bounded computers. The separation between program design and data structure representation leads to more reliable and flexible programs.

Keywords

computer data structure data structures design development programming software technology

Authors and affiliations

  • Derek┬áColeman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computation, Institute of Science TechnologyUniversity of ManchesterManchesterEngland

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