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Wallace Wang
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28 Nov 2006 For Dummies
Do you think the programmers who work at your office are magical wizards who hold special powers that manipulate your computer? Believe it or not, anyone can learn how to write programs, and it doesn’t take a higher math and science education to start. Beginning Programming for Dummies shows you how computer programming works without all the technical details or hard programming language. It explores the common parts of every computer programming language and how to write for multiple platforms like Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux. This easily accessible guide provides you with the tools you need to: Create programs and divide them into subprograms Develop variables and use constants Manipulate strings and convert them into numbers Use an array as storage space Reuse and rewrite code Isolate data Create a user interface Write programs for the Internet Utilize JavaScript and Java Applets In addition to these essential building blocks, this guide features a companion CD–ROM containing Liberty BASIC compiler and code in several languages. It also provides valuable programming resources and lets you in on cool careers for programmers. With Beginning Programming of Dummies , you can take charge of your computer and begin programming today!

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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 4th Edition edition (28 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470088702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470088708
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 19 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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New techniques make programming easier and more fun Discover principles and best practices that let you program in many languages So you always thought programmers were superior beings from another galaxy? Surprise! Programming isn′t all that difficult when you know how. Here′s the fun and easy route to writing programs that work efficiently for Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux, understanding basic programming principles, using different languages, programming for the Internet, and much more. All this on the bonus CD–ROM All code used in the book, in several different languages Liberty BASIC, REALbasic, Dev–C++, Valentina, Galaxy, and Revolution Studio demo versions For details and complete system requirements, see the CD–ROM appendix. Discover how to Write programs for multiple platforms Program using BASIC and C++ Recognize similarities in different programming languages Use Revolution, a non–traditional language Fine–tune and debug programs

About the Author

Wallace Wang is a bestselling author with more than 2.3 million For Dummies books in print, including Microsoft Office For Dummies . He′s also a stand–up comic who has performed on TV.

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More theory than practice 20 Aug 2008
By S. Bentley VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
In a misguided attempt to teach myself a bit of programming I bought a book on C#. After ten pages of code that meant nothing to me and no idea how it was meant to work (did I type it into a txt file or what?), I gave up.

Then I saw this book. Now, don't get me wrong, by the end of the book I'm still not ready to start putting together programs, but at least I understand what is underlying the whole thing.

The book guides you through the principles behind programming, things like variables and strings, giving you an idea of how the elements interact. It also explains about editors, compilers and interpreters, even if the disc included isn't too useful this way. It also gives you prompts about the different computer languages and the trade-offs you would make by choosing to write programs in a particular language.

In some ways, the narrative is a little scattershot. There will be sudden digressions about certain styles of language and how you would have to do something different in each of them, without any worked examples. However there are a number of simple programs included.

Ultimately, I now feel more confident about programming because I can see why code is constructed the way it is. I don't know particularly how to write anything, but that's the next step!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars .. 24 May 2009
Format:Paperback
taking you by the hand and walking you down various paths, explaining very simply what programming is about, why there are different programming languages and introducing you to writing some code
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Beginners book 11 Feb 2009
Format:Paperback
This book gives very good comparisons between various related BASIC programming languages and with C++. This helps show the similarities in functioning between languages, as well as explaining the advantages and disadvantages of each. It also explains the different methods and structures of programming (O-O programming, subprogram divisions, etc.). Good self-training book all-round, and a far better book than another similar book for complete beginners (Programming for the Absolute Beginner - ISBN 1598633740). After having studied and rated this "Dummies" book, I realised too late I should have given this book a higher rating than the aforementioned one that I read first.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 26 April 2011
By Shi
Format:Paperback
Simple, informative and entertaining. I knew nothing about Programming and, though i am by no means an expert now, I have learnt an awful lot more than I started off with. Lighthearted comments and jokes kept my attention in an area that I previously thought was rather dull.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for beginners 16 April 2009
Format:Paperback
Great book for anyone who has contemplated learning programming. The software is really useful too. My only complaint is that the book covers four programming languages simultaniously and this can become quite teduious. However, I understand that this is to give the reader the option of following up on one specific language. I chose to look into C++ and have also bought a book which focuses on C++ but still use this one as an aid when i come across areas which are more complex to get my head round. After a while you will find that you are writing programs for the sake of it. Good book overall.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly edited for the Kindle - a rip-off 10 May 2012
By Claire
Format:Kindle Edition
This book would otherwise be quite useful as an introduction to the world of programming. Don't buy it on the Kindle! It is shoddily edited and all the code (ie the useful bits) have been rendered as an image and appear too small without much zoom-y fiddling about. Also, some of the main text has been rendered as an image along with the code and also appears too small. Some captions to tables and coding also appear in the wrong place, or two or three times.

This is aside from the author's witterings not being properly edited, so that some of his instructions are too wordy and/or don't make sense without a bit of re-reading.

Considering the kindle version costs 9.49, and doesn't come with the CD-ROM that the book does, I feel completely ripped-off.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars actually 2007 reprinted in 2011 11 Oct 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book uses 4 different computer languages to base the learning process on, and when it was first written it would have been excellent. The book teaches the logic behind producing a working program and the tutorials that come with the languages on the CD teach the mechanics. However two of the languages have changed so much they can no longer be used from the disc. Liberty basic can be used exactly as intended and its tutorial is equally useable. The C++ compiler on the disc is still useable but the tutorial and the book use different commands and the tutorial is not particularly well written, I would not have been able to follow it beyond the first 10 pages without outside help. The book is still good value for money, you can learn to program in Basic and if you find a different C++ compiler on the internet the book would be a great help there too.
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