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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 4th Revised edition edition (28 Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470088702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470088708
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 2.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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From the Back Cover

New techniques make programming easier and more fun

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

About the Author

Wallace Wang is a bestselling author with more than 2.3 million For Dummies books in print, including Microsoft Office For Dummies. He′s also a stand–up comic who has performed on TV.


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However if you have done any form of programming it really isn't the book for you, it seems to just tell what programming is and then leave it.
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In a misguided attempt to teach myself a bit of programming I bought a book on C#. After ten pages of code that meant nothing to me and no idea how it was meant to work (did I type it into a txt file or what?), I gave up.

Then I saw this book. Now, don't get me wrong, by the end of the book I'm still not ready to start putting together programs, but at least I understand what is underlying the whole thing.

The book guides you through the principles behind programming, things like variables and strings, giving you an idea of how the elements interact. It also explains about editors, compilers and interpreters, even if the disc included isn't too useful this way. It also gives you prompts about the different computer languages and the trade-offs you would make by choosing to write programs in a particular language.

In some ways, the narrative is a little scattershot. There will be sudden digressions about certain styles of language and how you would have to do something different in each of them, without any worked examples. However there are a number of simple programs included.

Ultimately, I now feel more confident about programming because I can see why code is constructed the way it is. I don't know particularly how to write anything, but that's the next step!
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Great book for anyone who has contemplated learning programming. The software is really useful too. My only complaint is that the book covers four programming languages simultaniously and this can become quite teduious. However, I understand that this is to give the reader the option of following up on one specific language. I chose to look into C++ and have also bought a book which focuses on C++ but still use this one as an aid when i come across areas which are more complex to get my head round. After a while you will find that you are writing programs for the sake of it. Good book overall.
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By G. fryer on 24 May 2009
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taking you by the hand and walking you down various paths, explaining very simply what programming is about, why there are different programming languages and introducing you to writing some code
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By Shi on 26 April 2011
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Simple, informative and entertaining. I knew nothing about Programming and, though i am by no means an expert now, I have learnt an awful lot more than I started off with. Lighthearted comments and jokes kept my attention in an area that I previously thought was rather dull.
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I don't recommend this book. It has some handy hints and tips, but I failed to learn anything from it. It starts off strong with some basic but slightly interesting background on programming, software, and some key players. It continues along a similar path for the remainder of the book, not exactly teaching you anything, but constantly referencing various code languages, giving examples of each, and comparing them to one another. The code that it teaches you is scattered throughout the book in a particular order that is 'sort of' difficult to follow.

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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This book gives very good comparisons between various related BASIC programming languages and with C++. This helps show the similarities in functioning between languages, as well as explaining the advantages and disadvantages of each. It also explains the different methods and structures of programming (O-O programming, subprogram divisions, etc.). Good self-training book all-round, and a far better book than another similar book for complete beginners (Programming for the Absolute Beginner - ISBN 1598633740). After having studied and rated this "Dummies" book, I realised too late I should have given this book a higher rating than the aforementioned one that I read first.
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