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4.0 out of 5 stars An easy to read book
The book is easy to read, you can tell it was written by a teacher, beginning with Pascal before going on to cover Delphi. Being new to Pascal and Delphi I found working through the lessons and examples most helpful and I learnt a lot more than was apparent from the text. It should be noted that this is a teaching aid and not as a reference book.

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2.0 out of 5 stars A great disappointment
Since I have read some other books in this series, I was expecting more. What this book lacks is any sort of help to the reader who does not want to simply create a few columns of data and display it on the screen. Printing the data is not covered, surely a pre-requisite for most users. Neither is the use of graphics, again, an important use for many. If you simply want...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A great disappointment, 9 April 2008
This review is from: Learning to Program in Pascal and Delphi (A Level Computing) (Paperback)
Since I have read some other books in this series, I was expecting more. What this book lacks is any sort of help to the reader who does not want to simply create a few columns of data and display it on the screen. Printing the data is not covered, surely a pre-requisite for most users. Neither is the use of graphics, again, an important use for many. If you simply want to create a database and display it, then this book will suffice, if you want to do more, then forget it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An easy to read book, 10 Jan 2012
This review is from: Learning to Program in Pascal and Delphi (A Level Computing) (Paperback)
The book is easy to read, you can tell it was written by a teacher, beginning with Pascal before going on to cover Delphi. Being new to Pascal and Delphi I found working through the lessons and examples most helpful and I learnt a lot more than was apparent from the text. It should be noted that this is a teaching aid and not as a reference book.

The Delphi portion of the book relates to Delphi 7, perhaps the author can find the time to write a revised edition reflecting Delphi XE2? However the fundamentals are the same.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Really for Beginners, 29 Oct 2013
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My initial problem with this book was that it didn't come with a compiler software and it took an age to source one that worked with Pascal. Despite going to so called FREE compiler download sites none of them worked. In the end I had to contact a programmer I knew to advise on how/what to get. The description about the book should let a customer know if the compiler comes with it or not, otherwise it should not be commercially sold if it's just intended for the students who have the school system to use with the compiler already loaded on their computers.

Then I start. Great initially, but I find the exercises from chapter 2 onwards are asking for tasks to be completed, BUT THEY HAVEN'T BEEN TAUGHT!!! When you learn a spoken language, you get taught how to ask for something before any exercises come along and then of course you can do it. Unfortunately with this book, it's a classic example of a technical expert writing something but making great assumptions and leaving much out, even such a basic thing as asking the user of the programme to hit the enter key after typing in the first digit in the "Sum" programme, for the next request then to appear on the screen!

"Write a programme that will read in three integers and display the sum".
"Write a programme that will read two integers and display the product".
"Write a programme that will ask the user for their first name. The programme should then concatenate the name with the message."
These are just three of the exercises in chapters 2 and 3 that are not taught. There is a table in chapter 2 detailing "Arithmetic Expressions" but no run-through of how to write similar programmes involving the integers. Chapter 3 has a brief description of the "Data Types" but no explanation on what to put in the code so the programme loads in a message including the user's first name that he or she has just typed in!

So for me, a disappointment this book, even with my hardware and software support background, I am new to programming and wanted a book that taught me every step of the way, which this book being one that supposedly "gives students without any prior programming experience the opportunity to learn how to use the fundamental constructs..", unfortunately does not.

Although I could have chosen a more modern programming language, I had a specific commercial reason for learning an old one like Pascal, but so far I'm not progressing the way I would like. Hopefully when the second Pascal book I've ordered arrives this week, it will be much more comprehensive.
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