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Beginning Programming For Dummies Paperback – 28 Nov 2006
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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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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!
This is aside from the author's witterings not being properly edited, so that some of his instructions are too wordy and/or don't make sense without a bit of re-reading.
Considering the kindle version costs £9.49, and doesn't come with the CD-ROM that the book does, I feel completely ripped-off.
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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Only read 2 pages and the book makes me laugh, perfect to just feel at easePublished 6 months ago by Danny Braund
bought as present so not sure but the Dummies series are always very detailedPublished 7 months ago by little legs
The book is great, but without the facility of the CD to practice is pretty pedestrian! I know that running the CD contents on a kindle or tablet would be difficult or even... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Druid