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Not quite the revelation I'd hoped for,
This review is from: Head First C# (Paperback)
Maybe I'm not clever enough to get it but I didn't find this book to be all that suitable for a neophyte programmer. I initially liked the way it jumped into getting a program written and then explaining what was going on. However I was expecting the gaps in my knowledge to be filled in as the book progressed but was disappointed to find that, no, that really was the coverage of that subject. So I found myself with an unhappy feeling of never really knowing all I needed to know at any point. It's a good attempt at applying a somewhat novel learning style to the subject but I didn't find it worked very well in reality.
EDIT: I've revised my opinion of this book (from 3 to 4 stars) since spending more time with another book: Microsoft Visual C# Step by Step. That book is much more of a traditional teaching book and does a better job of telling you all you need to know. However, it doesn't come with enough hands-on exercises. So I started to read some Step by Step and then coming back to Head First. The combination is ideal. My previous gaps are filled in by Step by Step but I get my practice and my mind exercised by Head First. The Head First method of learning is indeed superior for beginners believe because you are challenged to use your knowledge and understanding continuously. This is actually quite exciting. If they had combined with with the depth of explanation Step by Step has it would be 5 stars and perfect.