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Illustrating Pascal Paperback – 21 Aug 2008

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'I urge you to read this book especially if you're concerned with user manuals. If all books were presented with such clarity, much time and effort would be saved.' Computer Bulletin

'I wish this book had been around when I was learning Pascal.' Personal Computer World

'Very few books have made learning a computer language as easy as this one has, and it can be recommended to all.' ST World Magazine

' … this is a book that's a joy to recommend to anyone wishing to start writing Pascal programs.' Personal Computer Weekly

'Don't buy a book on Pascal until you've looked at this illuminating and illuminated manuscript.' Personal Computing with the Amstrad

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This book is an introduction to programming in Pascal. It starts with the fundamental concept of a stored program and works through to the manipulation of records in dynamic storage. The style of presentation is pictorial. This book may be used as a self-contained reference manual for Pascal to BS 6192 and ISO 7185.

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This is a great book. As a one time professional programmer who now enjoys fooling around with micro controllers, robotics and the internet of things I needed to get up to speed with PASCAL to write some applications for the RPi. Rather than the approach taken by most tutorial books which can be dry and somewhat academic Alcock uses an informal style based on a hand written text and hand drawn diagrams. It takes you from the start of learning to program using simple examples to a full description of the language, each new aspect being covered with examples and test exercises. The binding is such that it will lie flat which is a big advantage when typing the examples in.

One of the nice things is that it just covers the language, not whatever IDE you are using (for the RPi I use Lazarus).

I believe this book is out of print now but it is well worth finding a copy. If you program in "C" it is also worth searching out his companion book "Illustrating C" . Though somewhat elderly now it uses the same style.
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I you are new to coding and your first language is Pascal. This book is very readable. It's 'handwritten' style can be a tad annoying but it all helps it feel like this a book written by a friend to help you out. Examples are clear and explaing the concepts of programming that will last, (I've been coding for 10 years, this was my first book bought 10 years ago).
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I bought this book many years ago while first learning to program. Written in a friendly informative style the book proved invaluable.
The author chooses to present his books in a handwritten style. The means the book looks like someone scribbled notes into an exercise book and jotted some illustrations around the text. Although unusual I think this style works.
If I had to recommend any book on Pascal this would be the one.
Would be useful for someone who needed a crash course in Pascal for a Delphi project maybe. Although wouldn't cover the OO extensions.
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HASH(0x9989a708) out of 5 stars Obsolete and full of errors...but 14 Sept. 2013
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It has a lot of good information, and valuable to anyone still using Pascal for learning programming or for hobby. There are a few free compilers out there including the old reliable Turbo Pascal. Which brings me to the problem with the book: a lot of examples compile with errors, so tread carefully and don't give up on them; they have great coding examples, it is just some of the variable formatting is particular to the compiler and will generate errors.
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