This book is intended for anyone trying to learn the fundamentals of computer programming. The chapters lead the reader through the various steps required for writing a program, introducing the MATLAB constructs in the process. MATLAB is used to teach programming because it has a simple programming environment. It has a low initial overhead which allows the novice programmer to begin programming immediately and allows the users to easily debug their programs. This is especially useful for people who have a "mental block" about computers. Although MATLAB is a high-level language and interactive environment that enables the user to perform computationally intensive tasks faster than with traditional programming languages such as C, C++, and Fortran, the author shows that it can also be used as a programming learning tool for novices. There are a number of exercises at the end of each chapter which should help users become comfortable with the language.
Table of Contents
Introduction to Programming
Introduction to MATLAB
Selecting Between Alternatives
Input and Output
About the Author(s)Khalid Sayood
, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Nebraska
Khalid Sayood is the Henson Professor of Engineering in the Electrical Engineering Department, University of Nebraska - Lincoln. He received his PhD in 1982 from Texas A&M University. His areas of research include: search patterns in data; data compression; joint-source channel coding; and various aspects of bioinformatics.