The Minimum You Need to Know
Overview Table of Contents Excerpt

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Special Features: Exercises with answers and comprehensive index

Pages: 154 pp
ISBN:  0-9770866-2-3
ISBN-13: 978-0-9770866-2-7
Format: Softcover, Perfect binding, 7 in. x 9 in.
Retail price: $18.00

Instructors may also obtain a zip file of exercises and aswers for classroom discussion by contacting the author.

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About the Book

Learn the skills which are completely non-existent in today's college courses.

Logic simply isn't taught anymore, Pascal is taught in what was the logic class - if they have any class at all devoted to it. The result of such a curriculum is that new college grads are simply unemployable in today's market.

This book is designed to correct that problem.

What You'll Learn from the Book

  • The fundamentals of flowcharting
  • The fundamentals of pseudocode
  • The Leaping Lynn search algorithm
  • Insertion Sort concept and usage


"This particular book, one of three in the series, isn't about writing actual programs but about laying down the foundation in logic. The writer covers flowcharting, pseudocoding, logic, application design, problem solving, program logic, application logic, systems design logic, the importance of specification writing, interesting historical insights (the writer brings TWO DECADES of experience in the industry), why logic enables you to become an accomplished programmer, data types, searching and sorting, ordering, relational databases, Surviving The Fire, career tips, and more."

ETA Online Review

"Hughes? familiar style permeates the book. His wit and humor make for interesting reading of what could be bone dry material. His decades of experience shine through, leaving readers thankful and wishing he were a college professor at their local university."

Heather Froeschl, Book Review Journal

"Your books are well written and I've just ordered a copy of this one for my department. Thanks for your efforts."

Neil Rieck, Developer

Along with the basics of flowcharting and pseudocode, "The Minimum You Need to Know about Logic to Work in IT" provides a basic understanding of fundamental data types, common sorts and searches, the importance of decision order, linked lists, using a hash, and the basics of relational databases. It's chapter on "Knowing What Questions to Ask" provides a glimpse into the situations IT professionals may encounter and the importance of asking questions, understanding what the user requires, and most importantly ensuring that what they are asking for is legal!

Regan Windsor for Reader Views (8/07)