INFORMATICS 41 • DAVID G. KAY • UC IRVINE
Supplementary References on Lecture Topics
These links and books explain or illustrate
some of the topics we've covered in lecture, typically in more detail
than we've seen in class. They're supplementary, not assigned,
unless we say otherwise.
Scheme in the real world (note that Scheme is a member of the Lisp family of programming languages and that the main style of programming we're doing in Scheme is functional programming)
- Scheme programming
- Informatics 41 reference sheet for image-processing and animation functions.
- Picturing Programs textbook.
- How to Design Programs, second edition (in progress, Chapters 1–7 so far). The original, complete first edition of HtDP is also available.
- Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs by Hal Abelson and Gerald Sussman is an intense, classic introduction to computer science using Scheme.
- DrScheme programming environment (free for Windows, MacOS, Linux).
- Scheme Finger Exercises.
A selection of mechanical exercises to solidify understanding of Scheme
- Maureen Black's Scheme Exercises.
Fifty pages of worksheets keyed to Scheme and HtDP topics.
- The "design recipe" concept applied to health care: "Annals of Medicine: The Checklist," by Atul Gawande (The New Yorker, December 10, 2007). If you've ever felt that following all the steps of the design recipe is too tedious and time-consuming, read this article. Gawande has expanded this material into book form as The Checklist Manifesto.
- Pair Programming Illuminated, by Laurie
Williams and Robert Kessler. This book describes the practices and advantages
of pair programming.
- How to Design Worlds: Imaginative Programming in DrScheme, by Felleisen, Findler, Fisler, Flatt, and Krishnamurthi. This is a very basic introduction to programming animations using the world.ss teachpack.
- The Racket documentation page, which lists documents for the full Racket language, our version of Scheme.
- Writing Animations Using the
world.ss Teachpack, by Matthias Felleisen.
- A personal attachment to Scheme (not recommended!).
- The comic strip XKCD often takes on computing themes, sometimes about Lisp.
- Broader topics in computing
- Fluency with Information Technology, second edition,
by Lawrence Snyder. This text covers some of the non-programming content
- Exploring the Digital Domain, second
edition, by Ken Abernethy and Tom Allen. Like the Fluency text, this book
covers the broader context of computer systems, with a particular focus
- The Tao of Computing, by Henry Walker.
Similar in theme to the previous two books, this one is both briefer and
- The Informatics faculty has compiled a far-ranging
list of books
they have found particularly influential.
- Caring for Your Wrists,
by TidBITS Publishing. A two-page poster with good advice on avoiding repetitive
- Typographic Design for Computerized Text,
by David G. Kay. Two pages on the basic principles of typographic readability.
- Tables of decimal, binary, hexadecimal, and
ASCII values: a simple ASCII table with 8-bit codes, decimal, octal, and hexadecimal;
all 255 ASCII characters, categorized;
a compact ASCII table. The Unicode standard handles most of the world's writing systems; check out Ethiopic (from Africa), Devangari (from India), Chinese (from Asia), Cherokee (from North America), Armenian (from Europe), or Linear B (from ancient Greece).
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Saturday, September 22, 2012 9:13 PM