Required: Computer Science Illuminated, 3rd edition (main textbook)
Nell Dale and John Lewis
Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2007

Required: Explorations in Computer Science, 2nd edition (lab manual coordinated with text)
Mark Meyer
Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2007


Python Software: We will be experimenting with the Python programming language, which is available for Linux, Windows, and Macintosh computers (among others). It is available in the computer labs. Your computer might already have it, or else you can download it from

Programming Links:

The ASCII Character Set
A tutorial on character code issues
A brief overview of the IEEE Standard 754 regarding Floating Point Numbers
UNIX manual pages
A great tutorial on Windows Explorer. Get to know your file system!

Created by: Aaron Stevens,
Last update: 2 September 2007