A Practical Theory of Programming (free) (pdf)

What good is a theory of programming? Who wants one? Thousands of programmers program every day without any theory. Why should they bother to learn one? The answer is the same as for any other theory. For example, why should anyone learn a theory of motion? You can move around perfectly well without one. You can throw a ball without one. Yet we think it important enough to teach a theory of motion in high school.

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