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This review is from: Introduction to Computation and Programming Using Python (Paperback)
It's unfortunate that, at the time I write this review, the existing reviews only address the book's (current) lack of Kindle functionality, and not the extent to which it is informative, clear and entertaining.
This is one of the best texts in any field I have ever read. Its pace, content and structure is perfect for those who lack much/any programming experience but who are seeking a rigorous introduction to computational problem solving (just as it says on the tin). I found that learning about computer science from a problem-solving perspective to be ideal and natural: it adds relevance, interest and direction to the content.
The book's tone is not too serious and the writing often entertaining. The content is broken down into manageable chunks, which allowed me to digest my new knowledge and understanding and practice my new techniques at convenient points.
I cannot stress enough how clear Guttag's writing is. I had relatively little programming experience before reading this book, but now feel much more confident both in my understanding of computing from a scientific viewpoint as well as my practical ability to write programs and solve problems using Python.
I highly recommend this text.
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Initial post: 7 Feb 2013 22:58:43 GMT
I of course mean *practise* rather than *practice*
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