An introduction to the Racket functional programming language and DrRacket development environment to explore topics in mathematics (mostly recreational) and computer science. Racket Programming the Fun Way couples the powerful Racket programming language with fun applications and examples that cover a wide range of computer science topics in order to demonstrate computational approaches to solving mathematical problems. You are introduced to a variety of programming paradigms, like iterative, functional, and logic programming as you become familiar with topics such as search algorithms, automata, the Turing machine, and statistics. You learn how to create statistical models, create interactive GUIs, write search algorithms, explore the Fibonacci sequence, use logic programming to solve several problems in recreational mathematics, and even generate a computer solution to the Sudoku puzzle.
James W. Stelly is a semiretired systems analyst and developer of several business-line applications utilizing backend databases. He has degrees in mathematics and computer science from the University of Houston, and this book is a result of his lifelong interest in those topics.