Beginning Programming For Dummies Paperback – 28 Nov. 2006
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From the Back Cover
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
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It is not a terrible place to start if you want a primer to three different languages and get some trial software to boot, but you won't really learn anything major from it. I've read it cover to cover and I did learn some very basic programming from it, but I am having far greater success with language specific books now. If you want my honest to got opinion, the information contained in this book can be found and learned on the internet in a few days. You Tube has some fantastic video tutorials that will teach you all of this information. If you still want to buy a book and learn from it, I suggest that you buy a well rated book that is specific to the language you want to learn.
I have just recently bought C++ Primer by Stanley B. Lippman and I am having far greater success with this book than "Beginning programming for dummies"
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The first four chapters are a must-read for any new programmer. but after that, you should pick up a book that focuses on teaching you one programming language.
I have taken a programming course in ANSI-C at the University of North Texas this past fall and I have a few more things to say.
It's great to have a book like this for a context. To answer questions like: "What is it that programmers have to deal with? "What will programming do for me?" etc.
It's not good to rely solely on this book for your programming needs. During the past month I have read through a few of the later chapters and found that much of the programming style of the source codes contained in this book is sloppy. It was very ambitious of the author to try and explain such advanced algorithms and concepts in three different languages, but by doing so, I feel much valuable information was not explained well or even lost somewhere in between the pages that divide Liberty BASIC and C++.
My original assessment was accurate and after having some formal education and experience in Programming, I stand by my original review.
It's nice to criticize, but please don't rely on this book for anything other than finding out about the many different applications for programming.
Just another 'dummies' series book that succeeds in a very simple matter. Helps everyone to learn. Highly recommend.