Computer Science Textbooks

Read more about Professional Web Accessibility Auditing Made Easy

Professional Web Accessibility Auditing Made Easy

Copyright Year: 2018

Publisher: Ryerson University

License: CC BY-SA

Digital accessibility skills are in high demand, as the world becomes more aware of barriers in digital content that prevent some people from participating in a digital society. These are essential skills for web developers, and essential knowledge for organizations that want to ensure their web content is reaching the broadest audience possible.

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Read more about Web Accessibility for Developers

Web Accessibility for Developers

Copyright Year: 2019

Publisher: Ryerson University

License: CC BY

Web Accessibility for Developers is a technical book aimed primarily at programmers. Learn how to develop accessible interactivity on the Web and gain expertise using WAI-ARIA, a W3C specification that enables optimal use of assistive technologies, like screen readers, when navigating the Web.

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Read more about Making Games with Python & Pygame

Making Games with Python & Pygame

Copyright Year: 2012

Contributor: Sweigart

Publisher: Albert Sweigart

License: CC BY-NC-SA

This book will teach you how to make graphical computer games in the Python programming language using the Pygame library.This book assumes you know a little bit about Python or programming in general. If you don’t know how to program, you can learn by downloading the free book "Invent Your Own Computer Games with Python" from http://inventwithpython.com. Or you can jump right into this book and mostly pick it up along the way. This book is for the intermediate programmer who has learned what variables and loops are, but now wants to know, "What do actual game programs look like?" There was a long gap after I first learned programming but didn’t really know how to use that skill to make something cool. It’s my hope that the games in this book will give you enough ideas about how programs work to provide a foundation to implement your own games.

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Read more about An Introduction to Matlab and Mathcad

An Introduction to Matlab and Mathcad

Copyright Year: 2011

Contributor: Siemers

Publisher: APEX Calculus

License: CC BY-NC

This textbook, or really a “coursebook” for a college freshman-level class, has been updated for Spring 2014 and provides an introduction to programming and problem solving using both Matlab and Mathcad. We provide a balanced selection of introductory exercises and real-world problems (i.e. no “contrived” problems). We include many examples and screenshots to guide the reader. We assume no prior knowledge of Matlab or Mathcad.

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Read more about Yet Another Introductory Number Theory Textbook (Cryptology Emphasis Version)

Yet Another Introductory Number Theory Textbook (Cryptology Emphasis Version)

Copyright Year: 2014

Contributor: Poritz

Publisher: Jonathan Poritz

License: CC BY-SA

This version of YAINTT has a particular emphasis on connections to cryptology. The cryptologic material appears in Chapter 4 and §§5.5 and 5.6, arising naturally (I hope) out of the ambient number theory. The main cryptologic applications – being the RSA cryptosystem, Diffie-Hellman key exchange, and the ElGamal cryptosystem – come out so naturally from considerations of Euler’s Theorem, primitive roots, and indices that it renders quite ironic G.H. Hardy’s assertion [Har05] of the purity and eternal inapplicability of number theory. Note, however, that once we broach the subject of these cryptologic algorithms, we take the time to make careful definitions for many cryptological concepts and to develop some related ideas of cryptology which have much more tenuous connections to the topic of number theory. This material therefore has something of a different flavor from the rest of the text – as is true of all scholarly work in cryptology (indeed, perhaps in all of computer science), which is clearly a discipline with a different culture from that of “pure”mathematics. Obviously, these sections could be skipped by an uninterested reader, or remixed away by an instructor for her own particular class approach.

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Read more about Delftse Foundations of Computation - 2nd Edition

Delftse Foundations of Computation - 2nd Edition

Copyright Year: 2018

Contributors: Hugtenburg and Yorke-Smith

Publisher: TU Delft Open

License: CC BY-NC-SA

DELFTSE FOUNDATIONS OF COMPUTATION is a textbook for a one-quarter introductory course in theoretical computer science. It includes top-ics from propositional and predicate logic, proof techniques, discrete structures, set theory and the theory of computation, along with practical applications to computer science. It has no prerequisites other than a general familiarity with computer programming.

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Read more about The Unicode cookbook for linguists: Managing writing systems using orthography profiles

The Unicode cookbook for linguists: Managing writing systems using orthography profiles

Copyright Year: 2018

Contributors: Moran and Cysouw

Publisher: Language Science Press

License: CC BY

This text is a practical guide for linguists, and programmers, who work with data in multilingual computational environments. We introduce the basic concepts needed to understand how writing systems and character encodings function, and how they work together at the intersection between the Unicode Standard and the International Phonetic Alphabet. Although these standards are often met with frustration by users, they nevertheless provide language researchers and programmers with a consistent computational architecture needed to process, publish and analyze lexical data from the world's languages. Thus we bring to light common, but not always transparent, pitfalls which researchers face when working with Unicode and IPA. Having identified and overcome these pitfalls involved in making writing systems and character encodings syntactically and semantically interoperable (to the extent that they can be), we created a suite of open-source Python and R tools to work with languages using orthography profiles that describe author- or document-specific orthographic conventions. In this cookbook we describe a formal specification of orthography profiles and provide recipes using open source tools to show how users can segment text, analyze it, identify errors, and to transform it into different written forms for comparative linguistics research.

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Read more about Think Data Structures: Algorithms and Information Retrieval in Java

Think Data Structures: Algorithms and Information Retrieval in Java

Copyright Year: 2016

Contributor: Downey

Publisher: Green Tea Press

License: CC BY-NC-SA

Data structures and algorithms are among the most important inventions of the last 50 years, and they are fundamental tools software engineers need to know. But in my opinion, most of the books on these topics are too theoretical, too big, and too bottom-up:

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Read more about How to Think Like a Computer Scientist: C Version

How to Think Like a Computer Scientist: C Version

Copyright Year: 1999

Contributors: Downey and Scheffler

Publisher: Green Tea Press

License: CC BY-NC

The goal of this book is to teach you to think like a computer scientist. I like the way computer scientists think because they combine some of the best features of Mathematics, Engineering, and Natural Science. Like mathematicians, computer scientists use formal languages to denote ideas (specifically computations). Like engineers, they design things, assembling components into systems and evaluating trade offs among alternatives. Like scientists, they observe the behavior of complex systems, form hypotheses, and test predictions.The single most important skill for a computer scientist is problem-solving. By that I mean the ability to formulate problems, think creatively about solutions, and express a solution clearly and accurately. As it turns out, the process of learning to program is an excellent opportunity to practice problem-solving skills. That’s why this chapter is called “The way of the program.”

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Read more about How to Think Like a Computer Scientist: C++ Version

How to Think Like a Computer Scientist: C++ Version

Copyright Year: 2012

Contributor: Downey

Publisher: Green Tea Press

License: CC BY-NC

The goal of this book is to teach you to think like a computer scientist. I like the way computer scientists think because they combine some of the best features of Mathematics, Engineering, and Natural Science. Like mathematicians,computer scientists use formal languages to denote ideas (specifically computations). Like engineers, they design things, assembling components into systems and evaluating trade offs among alternatives. Like scientists, they observe the behavior of complex systems, form hypotheses, and test predictions.The single most important skill for a computer scientist is problem-solving. By that I mean the ability to formulate problems, think creatively about solutions, and express a solution clearly and accurately. As it turns out, the process of learning to program is an excellent opportunity to practice problem-solving skills. That’s why this chapter is called “The way of the program.”

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