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Able debate about which language is best for teaching beginning programmers (or whether it matters). however, there is, generally, consensus about the role ...
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David BernsteinPatternsforBeginning ProgrammersWith Examples in JavaPatternsfor Beginning ProgrammersWith Examples in JavaDavid BernsteinJames Madison University© 2020 David BernsteinHarrisonburg, VAThis work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0International License. To view a copy of this license, visithttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/or send a letter to Creative Commons, PO Box 1866, Mountain View, CA 94042, USA.Third Draft (Custom Edition) May 2020PrefaceMy introductory programming courses always start with some loose def-initions. I define an algorithm as an unambiguous process for solving a prob-lem using a finite amount of resources, and a heuristic is a problem solving pro-cess that is not guaranteed to be perfect/exact or finite. I then explain that algo-rithms/heuristics written for a computer are commonly written in languages, called(high-level) programming languages, that are easily understood by humans, unam-bigu...