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By David Harel, Yishai Feldman

This booklet provides the thoughts, equipment, and effects which are basic to the technological know-how of computing. The ebook starts with the fundamental principles of algorithms corresponding to the constitution and the tools of information manipulation, after which strikes directly to exhibit the right way to layout a correct and effective set of rules. Inherent barriers to algorithmic layout also are mentioned in the course of the moment a part of the textual content. The 3rd version positive aspects an advent to the object-oriented paradigm besides new techniques to computation. an individual drawn to being brought to the idea of computing device technology.

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Cls February 25, 2004 14:38 I. Preliminaries employees, and the algorithm should be able to sum the salaries in any one of them when given as an input. This issue of infinitely many potential inputs does not quite fit the recipe analogy, since although a recipe should work perfectly no matter how many times it is used, its ingredients are usually described as being fixed in quantity, and hence in essence the recipe has only one potential input (at least as quantities go; clearly the molecules and atoms will be different each time).

Notice how iteration constructs make it possible for a short portion of an algorithm’s text to prescribe very long processes, the length being dictated by the size of the inputs—in this case the length of the employee list. Iteration, therefore, is the key to the seeming paradox of a single, fixed algorithm performing tasks of ever-longer duration. ■ Combining Control Structures An algorithm can contain many control-flow constructs in nontrivial combinations. Sequencing, branching, and iteration can be interleaved and nested within each other.

We discuss this question further in Chapter 13. Returning for a moment to gastronomy, preparing a “chocolate mixture” might be a good candidate for a subroutine within the chocolate mousse recipe of Chapter 1. This would enable us to describe the recipe in the following way, where each of the four instructions is treated as a call to a subroutine (or should we say, a sub-recipe) whose text would then be written separately: (1) prepare chocolate mixture; (2) mix to produce chocolate-yolk mixture; (3) prepare foam of egg whites; (4) mix both to produce the mousse.

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