Features and Benefits

New Material Keeps the Text Comprehensive and Up-to-Date

  • NEW! An all-new chapter uses the new language features available in Java 8 to discuss the core concepts of functional programming. Focused on concepts rather than language features, the all-new Chapter 19 provides an introduction to several new Java 8 constructs, but not a comprehensive coverage of all new language features. This provides flexibility to instructors, since functional programming features can be covered as an advanced independent topic, incorporated along the way, or skipped entirely. Instructors can choose to start covering functional constructs along with traditional constructs as early as Chapter 6.
  • NEW! A new section on images and 2D pixel array manipulation reflects the increasing popularity of image manipulation and will be particularly helpful for students taking AP courses.

Pedagogical Features Help Students Apply What They’ve Learned

  • REVISED! Expanded self-checks and programming exercises have been added to several chapters.
  • Approximately fifty total problems and exercises per chapter are included in the text, all of which have been class-tested with real students, with solutions provided for instructors online.
  • Case studies at the end of most chapters teach students how to develop a complex program in stages and how to test each program as it is being developed. This structure allows instructors to demonstrate each new programming construct in a rich context that can’t be achieved with short code examples.

A Layered, Gradual Approach Containing Two Courses’ Worth of Material

  • A uniquely layered approach means that new concepts are introduced gradually, allowing students to expand their understanding at a manageable pace.
  • Extended sections cover all of the topics from our second course in computer science, making the book usable for a two-course sequence. Chapters 12-18 explore recursion, searching and sorting, stacks and queues, collection implementation, linked lists, binary trees, hash tables, heaps, and more. Chapter 12 also includes a section on recursive backtracking, a powerful technique for exploring a set of possibilities for solving problems such as 8 Queens and Sudoku.

Also available with MyProgrammingLab™

MyProgrammingLab is an online learning system designed to engage students and improve results. MyProgrammingLab consists of a set of programming exercises correlated to specific Pearson® CS1/Intro to Programming textbooks. Through practice exercises and immediate, personalized feedback, MyProgrammingLab improves the programming competence of beginning students who often struggle with the basic concepts of programming languages.

  • Interactive Practice providesfirst-hand programming experience in an interactive online environment.
  • Error Messages for Incorrect Answers give studentsimmediate personalized feedback. The error messages include both the feedback from the compiler and plain English interpretations of likely causes for the incorrect answer.
  • Step-by-step VideoNote Tutorials enhance the programming concepts presented in your Pearson textbook by allowing students to view the entire problem-solving process outside of the classroom—when they need help the most.
  • Pearson eText gives students access to their textbook anytime, anywhere. In addition to note taking, highlighting, and bookmarking, the Pearson eText offers interactive and sharing features. Rich media options let students watch lecture and example videos as they read or do their homework. Instructors can share their comments or highlights, and students can add their own, creating a tight community of learners in your class.
  • The Pearson eText companion app allows existing subscribers to access their titles on an iPad or Android tablet for either online or offline viewing.
  • Dynamic grading and assessment provide auto-grading of student assignments, saving you time and offering students immediate learning opportunities:
  • dynamic roster tracks their performance and maintains a record of submissions. T
  • The color-coded gradebook gives you a quick glance of your classes' progress. Easily drill down to receive information on a single student's performance or a specific problem. Gradebook results can be exported to Excel to use with your LMS