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Programming Logic & Design, Comprehensive, 9th Edition

  • Joyce Farrell
  • ISBN-10: 1337102075
  • ISBN-13: 9781337102070
  • 656 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2015, 2013, 2011
  • COPYRIGHT: 2018 Published
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About the Product

Teach student programmers the fundamental principles of developing structured program logic and prepare them for success with Joyce Farrell’s PROGRAMMING LOGIC AND DESIGN, COMPREHENSIVE, 9E. A popular choice for foundational programming, this comprehensive book takes a unique, language-independent approach to programming with a distinctive emphasis on modern conventions. Noted for its clear writing style and complete coverage, the book eliminates highly technical jargon while introducing universal programming concepts and ensuring strong programming style and logical thinking. Frequent side notes and Quick Reference boxes clarify important programming concepts while chapter objectives, concise summaries, and key terms guide learning. End-of-chapter practice provides multiple-choice review as well as programming, gaming, and debugging exercises, and a maintenance exercise that challenges students to improve working logic.


  • UNIQUE LANGUAGE-INDEPENDENT APPROACH PROVIDES A SOLID FOUNDATION IN PROGRAMMING LOGIC. The author emphasizes modern concepts and programming conventions to build a solid foundation in structured programming logic. Your students develop an understanding of the tools necessary for success, no matter which programming languages they eventually use.

  • BUSINESS-BASED EXAMPLES CLEARLY ILLUSTRATE KEY POINTS. Everyday business examples require no special mathematical knowledge beyond high school algebra. These carefully crafted, practical examples clearly demonstrate key points without overwhelming students with extraneous detail.

  • WEALTH OF PROVEN PRACTICE OPPORTUNITIES KEEPS STUDENTS ENGAGED AND ACTIVELY LEARNING. Students practice and review what they have learned with chapter-by-chapter Review Questions and intriguing Discussion Questions that are ideal for class debates or writing assignments. Programming Exercises include interesting gaming challenges, while Maintenance and Debugging Exercises improve students’ abilities to critically examine code statements. Popular "Two Truths and a Lie" quizzes provide immediate feedback on how well students understand what they’ve just read.

  • MINDTAP® PROVIDES INTERACTIVE LEARNING, STUDY, AND EXAM PREPARATION TOOLS. MindTap® brings programming concepts to life with a wealth of learning resources and study aids, including an eBook with note-taking capabilities, coding labs, interactive quizzing, flashcards, and study games. At least three videos for each chapter, created by text author Joyce Farrell, expand upon key concepts.

About the Author

Joyce Farrell

Joyce Farrell has authored several popular programming textbooks, including books on Programming Logic and Design, Java, C#, and C++. Her books are recognized for their clear, direct writing style and effective presentation. A well-respected instructor, Ms. Farrell has taught Computer Information Systems at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois; the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point; and McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, Illinois.

Table of Contents

1. An Overview of Computers and Programming.
2. Elements of High-Quality Programs.
3. Understanding Structure.
4. Making Decisions.
5. Looping.
6. Arrays.
7. File Handling and Applications.
8. Advanced Data Handling Concepts.
9. Advanced Modularization Techniques.
10. Object-Oriented Programming.
11. More Object-Oriented Programming Concepts.
12. Event-Driven GUI Programming, Multithreading, and Animation.
Appendix A: Understanding Numbering Systems and Computer Codes.
Appendix B: Solving Difficult Structuring Problems.

New to this edition

  • COVERAGE OF THE CASE STRUCTURE IS NOW PRESENTED ALONGSIDE CLOSELY RELATED TOPICS FOR A MORE LOGICAL PROGRESSION. This edition’s thorough treatment of case structure now occurs in the Making Decisions chapter (Ch. 4), which better reflects its close relationship to these topics.
  • DISCUSSION OF THE "DO-WHILE" STRUCTURE NOW APPEARS IN THE LOOPING CHAPTER. Coverage of the "do-while" structure has been moved from an appendix to the Looping chapter (Ch. 5), where the presentation corresponds with closely related topics. This also provides opportunity for the author to clearly highlight the differences between a "do-while" and a "while" loop.
  • THIS EDITION CLARIFIES THE DISCUSSION OF LOOPS. The author has carefully rewritten this edition’s presentation of loops to reduce any possible reader confusion and clearly explain the differences between selections and loops.
  • THOROUGHLY UPDATED ADVANCED DATA HANDLING CONCEPTS CHAPTER PREPARES STUDENTS FOR MORE COMPLEX CHALLENGES. Chapter 8 is now rewritten to emphasize the important concepts of sorting rather than details.
  • STREAMLINED PRESENTATION FOCUSES ON MOST IMPORTANT CONCEPTS AND SKILLS. To reduce the book’s length and better meeting the needs of a typical Programming Logic semester-long course, this edition has removed chapters covering the UML and databases.
  • "UP FOR DISCUSSION" QUESTIONS NOW APPEAR IN THE INSTRUCTOR’S MANUAL. These engaging discussion questions now appear in your Instructor’s manual to reduce the size of each chapter in the student text while still keeping these useful classroom tools at your fingertips.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor Companion Website  (ISBN-10: 1337274461 | ISBN-13: 9781337274463)

Find everything you need for your course in one place. This collection of product-specific lecture and class tools is available online via the Instructor Companion Site at You are able to access and download materials such as PowerPoint® presentations, images, instructor’s manual, videos, and more.

Cengage Testing, powered by Cognero® Instant Access, Comprehensive  (ISBN-10: 1337274488 | ISBN-13: 9781337274487)

Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero®, is a flexible, online system that allows you to import, edit, and manipulate content from the text’s test bank or elsewhere, including your own favorite test questions. Create multiple test versions in an instant and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.

MindTap Programming, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Farrell's Programming Logic and Design  (ISBN-10: 1337274615 | ISBN-13: 9781337274616)

MindTap Programming for Farrell's Programming Logic and Design, 9th Edition is an online learning solution designed to help students master the skills they need in today’s workforce. Research shows employers need critical thinkers, troubleshooters and creative problem-solvers to stay relevant in our fast paced technology-driven world. MindTap helps you achieve this with assignments and activities that are tied to learning objectives and provide real-life relevance. Hands-on labs designed to teach users to write and run code are now seamlessly integrated into MindTap so there is no installation or plugins, allowing students to code directly in the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) from their web browser. Powered by artificial intelligence, a chatbot provides hints and feedback when students get stuck, which encourages persistence through point-of-need support. For instructors, MindTap provides benefits and support including automatic grading, analytics and LMS integration with full flexibility to tailor a course. Readings and “Whiteboard Shorts” support the lecture, while RSS Feed assignments offer a deeper dive into the topics. Pre- and post- course assessments allow you to measure how much students have learned using analytics and reporting that makes it easy to see where the class stands in terms of progress, engagement and completion rates. Use the content and learning path as-is or pick and choose how our material will wrap around yours. You control what the students see and when they see it.

Student Supplements

MindTap Programming, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Farrell's Programming Logic and Design  (ISBN-10: 1337274615 | ISBN-13: 9781337274616)

MindTap Programming for Farrell's Programming Logic and Design, 9th will help you succeed in class while also preparing you for your career. Research shows employers need troubleshooters and creative problem-solvers to stay relevant in today’s fast-paced technology-driven world. With MindTap you are taken through the basics before challenging you with more difficult activities. The learning path will guide you through text readings that can be read to you and real-life scenarios that sharpen your critical thinking skills. Hands-on labs designed to teach you to write and run code are now seamlessly integrated into MindTap so there is no installation, allowing you to code directly in the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) from your web browser. Powered by artificial intelligence, a chatbot provides hints and feedback when you get stuck, which encourages persistence through on-demand assistance. Throughout the course you will be supported with study tools that help you stay organized and efficient. Flashcards allow you to quiz yourself, and a study guide populates with your highlights and notes to make information easy to find when it’s time to work. With MindTap you always know where you stand --- what’s due and when, your grades, and how you compare to the highest performers in class. Want to know where you stand? Use the Progress app to track your performance in relation to other students. Need to connect with other students? The Luvo (Flashnotes) App lets you buy and sell notes from lectures and coursework. Learn more at