Unable to locate The Science of Programming Answer Book by David Gries

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Chandrashekhar Kumar

Sep 7, 2018, 4:03:02 PM9/7/18
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I  am looking for the following the following TR by David Gries, but unable to find it so far:

D. Gries, The Science of Programming Answer Book, TR 82-498, Cornell University, June 1982.

Kindly help me find this.


Diethard Michaelis

Sep 9, 2018, 4:37:44 AM9/9/18
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Hi Chandra,

decades ago,
I studied "The Science of Programming" book
and did most of the exercises.
I never missed an "Answer Book".
So why do you need it and/or search for it?

If you are about to learn the subject,
don't search for an answer book.
If you can't do an exercise of some chapter,
you probably do not yet understand that chapter,
so redo the chapter but don't look up the solution.

If you are about to teach the subject,
you have to be able to answer the exercises.
Astonishingly "Answer Books" are usually made available
to teachers only ...

Any case: Have you ever asked David Gries himself?


Chandrashekhar Kumar

Sep 9, 2018, 6:49:59 AM9/9/18
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Hi Diethard,

Thanks for your reply. Actually I have done most of the exercises, still few are left which I am working on. I wish if I could have the answer set by the Master (David Gries) himself to learn directly from his work.

I am working on a book : Conceptual Programming of Algorithms Using Dijkstra Approach (https://www.facebook.com/Conceptual-Programming-Of-Algorithms-Using-Dijkstras-Approach-660625630968760/) and I wish to solidify the approach with the help of the Answer Set by David Gries. Since I have not seen it myself, still I am sure that it will be of immense help and I am desirous after I came to know that Dijkstra had one copy of the set I am looking for.

P.S.> I have asked David Gries, waiting to hear from him. I am not sure if he will be willing to share one because I am not a teacher. I am a self-taught, self-styled programmer cum self-published author. In case of no reply, I may publish my solutions.

Thanks & Regards,

Bastiaan Braams

Sep 10, 2018, 5:51:48 AM9/10/18
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There is a copy of the report in the vaults at CWI in Amsterdam and I scanned it. It is nicely typeset such as became more common a few years later. Maybe Cornell CS was an early adopter of TeX. I already sent a copy to Mr Kumar and if someone else cares for it for his or her private use then please just ask. -Bas Braams

Diethard Michaelis

Sep 10, 2018, 6:37:27 AM9/10/18
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The "Science of Programming" book
"was produced using troff"
as stated in the Preface.


Chandrashekhar Kumar

Sep 10, 2018, 6:48:07 AM9/10/18
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Dear Bas Braams,

Thanks a ton !!! This is a great treasure !!!

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Tadeus Prastowo

Sep 10, 2018, 9:27:58 AM9/10/18
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Hi Bas,

May I have the copy as well, please?

Thank you very much.

Best regards,

Matthew Heaney

Sep 11, 2018, 3:02:50 PM9/11/18
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Hello Bastiaan,

I'd like a copy of the answer key too, if that's possible.

The Gries book has long been on my shelf, along with Knuth and a few others.  I've been wanting to give it some proper attention for a while now.




Sep 19, 2018, 6:56:04 PM9/19/18
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Can I get a copy of the answers as well? I've been reading The Science of Programming to supplement my learning and would like them to test my understanding.

Thank you
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