Computing Books written by Donald AlcockThe following is a list of Computing Books written by Donald Alcock in the Centre for Computing History collection. It is not an exhaustive list of and other books may have been published. If you have a book that you would like to donate to our collection, please view our donations page.
There are 5 Computing Books written by Donald Alcock in our collection :
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Title Illustrating Super-BASIC on the Sinclair QL
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Author Donald Alcock
Edition First Edition
Although describing a particular computer language (Super-BASIC) on a particular computer (the Sinclair QL) this book is more than a language manual. It assumes no prior knowledge of other languages but introduces, by example, the concept of a stored program and its execution. It builds on the introductory example by bringing in more and more facilities of the language, illustrating each with a non-trivial example. In addition to clarifying aspects of the language these examples explain and illustrate some fundamental programming techniques such as graphics, state tables, list processing, several methods of sorting, and reverse Polish notation. Recursion, structured programming and a tidy style are emphasized throughout. Like the author's previous works on programming this book is lettered entirely by hand, being full of illustrations and diagrams. The English is always simple, always clear.
"[This] book is written at a fairly introductory level. As such it is clearly appropriate for the novice but it seems unlikely to satisfy one category at which it is apparently aimed, namely those who are already able to program reasonably well in Basic and who need a reference work. Nevertheless, even such people would gain some useful information about the language from this book" - Reviewed in Practical Computing, October 1978