Absolute Beginner's Guide to Programming, 2nd Edition
Absolute Beginner's Guide to Programming, Second Edition will help the reader understand what programming really is. The reader not only gets an overview of the job of programming, but also learns which specific skills are needed for certain jobs.
The reader will understand
- How a computer interprets a program's instructions and gain insight into what goes on "under the hood" when a computer runs a program.
- How programming can and does relate to the Internet and learn about the skills required for adding security to programs.
- Job potential in the programming market.
Absolute Beginner's Guide to Programming, Second Edition offers "hands-on" programming for the "absolute beginner." There are several texts for specific languages, and two offerings (IDG and Sams) that attempt to take an overview-to-programming attitude, but this is the only one that takes today's programming environments and explains why each is important and for whom they are important.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful "starter guide" to Programming,
This review is from: Absolute Beginner's Guide to Programming (2nd Edition) (Paperback)This book takes the subject of programming from a beginner's point of view and instructs its readers quite well. Starting with a basic understanding of what a computer is, what it can do with the proper software, and a brief history, it then goes on to describe a program's "anatomy." There's also descriptions of the early programming languages like FORTRAN, COBOL, even RPG and Pascal (which would later be the forerunner to C). And then on to "modern-day" languages like C, C++, and Visual Basic.
In fact, the book devotes much of its concept to Visual Basic (VB), stating that a lot of the concepts in learning VB can be applied to other programming languages. The book devotes several chapters about VB, along with numerous helpful diagrams that help to show the different concepts being described. Subsequent chapters take on other languages like C and C++, along with batch and scripting languages. I never realized how simple a scripting langauge could be to put... Read more
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Just a note on second edition,
This review is from: Absolute Beginner's Guide to Programming (2nd Edition) (Paperback)Most of the reviews here, including the editorial reviews, at the time that I write this, are for the first edition. The first edition used Qbasic. This edition uses Visual Basic for the most part (so you have to own at least the learning edition). I havent read it yet, but it seems to be based still mostly on the older text (which is a good thing...) but has also taken advantage of Visual Basic's capabilities. Hopefully someone just starting out will write a review here. I give it 4 stars, but only because that is the current average. The system doesnt let you abstain from voting ;)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
One of the best beginner's guides to programming.,
This review is from: Absolute Beginner's Guide to Programming (2nd Edition) (Paperback)This book is one of the best beginner's guides to programming. It will teach you from the very beginning point to the fundamental of programming. The book will teach you basic programming language Visual Basic and will mention C, C++, Java and Web Programming. It is wriiten quite understandable in Plain English. If you want to programm but do not know where to start this book can be your starting point. Good Luck.
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Table of Contents
I. PRELUDE TO PROGRAMMING.
II. FUNDAMENTALS OF PROGRAMMING.
III. HANDS-ON PROGRAMMING.
IV. PROGRAMMING IN VARIOUS ENVIRONMENTS.
V. THE BUSINESS OF PROGRAMMING.
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