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Re: Book questions

On Apr 12, 2015, at 10:35 AM, David Christensen <dpchrist@holgerdanske.com> wrote:

> There now are a number of university-level lectures and/or courses available online for free.  For example, SICP 1 e.:
> http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/electrical-engineering-and-computer-science/6-001-structure-and-interpretation-of-computer-programs-spring-2005/video-lectures/

Good thought -- I'm in one right now.

Harvard's CS50x (Harvard's idea of an Introduction to Computer Science) is very good. There's CS theory, not anywhere as thorough as MIT's, I gather from the 'Net, but it includes quite a bit of hands on C coding, and it's one of the free ones. Get a K&R and a snappy connection to the web.

And to do this course, you need a reasonably modern computer to handle the virtual Ubuntu/XFCE machine they provide (for Linux, Mac, or Winders). My Pentium laptop gets the job done, eventually, but the more modern Xeon box downstairs is much easier to live with...


Glenn English

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