Books/Readings:


Coursepack/book: Coursepack with 7 chapters from A Balanced Introduction to Computer Science by David Reed.
Pearson Custom Publishing, ISBN 0-558-14415-2.
If you want to buy the whole book online, you may, but we will only cover about half of it. The coursepack should be cheaper.

Other readings: Other readings will be posted to the schedule page.

Software:

For the applied parts of the course, we will be experimenting with the following software, all of which is available in the CS undergrad computer lab (EMA 302):

Text Editors: Text editors to try for HTML assignments:
TextWrangler (Mac)
Notepad ++ (Windows)

Photoshop: Photoshop is a image editing/development tool.
The full program requires a license, but a free trial version is available online.

Flash: Flash is an animation development tool. The labs have version CS4.
The full program requires a license, but a free trial version is available online. DO NOT download right away.
Do the first one in the lab, and wait on the download until you really need it otherwise the trial will time out before you finish the last Flash assignment.

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, azs@bu.edu
http://www.cs.bu.edu/courses/cs101a1/
Last update: 1 September 2009