Perry Donham Publishes New Book, “Introduction to Computer Science”

We are proud to announce the publication of a new book by Computer Science Lecturer Perry Donham! Professor Donham’s book, Introduction to Computer Science, introduces students to the fundamentals of computer science by connecting the dots between applications they use every day and the underlying technologies that power them.

Professor Perry Donham

Professor Donham has worked at Boston University for 17 years; during that time his coursework has included a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses in computer science, administrative sciences, and leadership studies. In the Department of Computer Science, he teaches CS101: Introduction to Computer Science and CS411: Software Engineering.

Congratulations Professor Donham! A full description of the book is below:

Introduction to Computer Science introduces students to the fundamentals of computer science by connecting the dots between applications they use every day and the underlying technologies that power them. Throughout, students learn valuable technical skills including how to write simple JavaScript programs, format a webpage with HTML and CSS code, reduce the size of a file, and more.

Opening chapters of the text provide students with historical background, describe the numbering systems that computers operate with, and explain how computers store and convert data such as images and music. Later chapters explore the anatomy of computer hardware such as CPUs and memory, how computers communicate over networks, and the programming languages that allow us to solve problems using computation. The book concludes with chapters dedicated to security and privacy, the structure and function of operating systems, and the world of e-commerce.

Accessible in approach, Introduction to Computer Science is designed to help non-computer science majors learn how technology and computers power the world around them. The text is well suited for introductory courses in computer science.

 

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