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Thinking Recursively with Java, 20th Anniversary Edition

Thinking Recursively with Java, 20th Anniversary Edition

Eric S. Roberts

ISBN: 978-0-471-70146-0

Nov 2005

188 pages

Select type: Paperback

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To provide students with a more effective treatment of this difficult topic, John Wiley and Sons, Inc. published Thinking Recursively by Eric Roberts. Since its publication in 1986, Thinking Recursively has become a classic in a field in which books quickly become obsolete. By focusing on effective problem-solving strategies that enable students to ""think recursively,"" this text has helped many students over the conceptual hurdle that recursion so often represents. Moreover, by including many more examples and exercises than typical, Thinking Recursivelymakes it possible for students to master recursive techniques. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of its initial publication, John Wiley and Sons is publishing Thinking Recursively with Java, making the book even more relevant to today's students.

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May fit a variety of Java programming courses as a supplement at the introductory or intermediate levels or serve as a core text in intermediate or advanced level programming courses.

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1. The Idea of Recursion.

2. Mathematical Preliminaries.

3. Recursive Functions.

4. The Procedural Approach.

5. The Tower of Hanoi.

6. Permutations.

7. Sorting.

8. Recursive Backtracking.

9. Graphical Applications.

10. Recursive Data.

11. Implementation of Recursion.


  • The examples have been rewritten to use Java instead of Pascal, making the book compatible with modern approaches to introductory computer science.
  • The code used in the book is designed to be fully compatible with the libraries produced by the ACM Java Task Force, as well as with other standard approaches to teaching Java.
  • The chapters on recursive backtracking and graphical applications have been expanded to support interesting examples enabled by current technology.
  • The author is widely recognized as an expert teacher and has won numerous teaching awards at Stanford. He was the principal author of the ACM/IEEE-CS report on Computing Curricula 2001 and received the ACM-SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computer Science Education in 2003.