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Karel The Robot: A Gentle Introduction to the Art of Programming

Richard E. Pattis

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ISBN 10: 0471597252 / ISBN 13: 9780471597254
Published by Wiley, 1995
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Title: Karel The Robot: A Gentle Introduction to ...

Publisher: Wiley

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Used: Good

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Uses a creative approach to teach the basic skills and concepts of programming quickly. This edition offers excellent insights into problem solving and program design processes. It will also improve comprehension of such computer science considerations as loop invariants and recursion. Includes 60 color line drawings.

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Get a Fast, Clear Understanding of the Concepts and Skills ofGood Programming! Karel the Robot, Second Edition

Karel the Robot teaches you the fundamental concepts and skillsof programming — quickly and easily! By emphasizing logic andstructure over calculation, it provides a nonthreateningintroduction to the central ideas in programming — the sameideas that apply to all computer programming languages. Thiswidely-praised guide begins by introducing Karel, a literal-mindedrobot whose built-in capabilities allow him to explore his worldand manipulate simple objects in it. It then introduces Karel'sprogramming language (a block-structured language similar toPascal), which emphasizes logical deduction and spatial reasoningrather than calculation and algebraic reasoning. Once you learn thedetails of Karel's deceptively simple programming language, youwill soon be designing well-structured programs that instruct Karelto perform surprisingly complex tasks. Along the way, you will beabsorbing sophisticated programming concepts that will enhance yourprogramming ability! A software simulator for Karel's programminglanguage and world is available on a wide variety of mainframes andmicrocomputers — details inside.

Some comments about the Second Edition

"I think Karel the Robot is the greatest way to introduceprogramming concepts that I have seen."
Tim Thurman, University of Kansas

"I first used this language in 1981 as a student. I found it tobe stimulating and challenging. In 1984 I began using Karel as ateacher. Since 1984 I have used Karel every term except one. Thatterm represented an experiment to see how students would do withoutusing Karel. I was not satisfied; the students performed poorlyrelative to those who used Karel."
Peter Casey, Central Oregon Community College

"There are no bits, no bytes or bugaboos to intimidate new mindsto computers. Pattis et al. have done a wonderful job in assemblinga simple little robot, giving it a little language to understand,giving it a little world to wander about in, and finally giving itto [us] so that we can all play and learn in Karel's world."
Billibon H. Yoshimi, Columbia University

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