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Absolute Beginner's Guide to Programming (2nd Edition) Paperback – April 10, 2001

ISBN-13: 002-9236725297 ISBN-10: 0789725290 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Que; 2nd edition (April 10, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789725290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789725295
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #536,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
* Compiled versus other kinds of programs such as interpreted languages like JavaScript and HTML, which are more formatting and hyperlink languages.
* 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.

About the Author

Greg Perry has personally taught thousands of people how to program in the classroom and lectures, as well as impacted the computer world through the sale of more than two million computer books sold internationally. He has been a programmer and trainer for the past 20 years. He received an undergraduate degree in computer science, followed by a master's degree in corporate finance. After working as a supervisor of financial systems for a Fortune 500 company, he turned to teaching at the college level, where he remained until he began to write full-time and lecture at programming conferences. Some of his other book titles include Sams Teach Yourself Visual Basic 6 in 21 Days, C by Example, and several books in the 24 Hours series, including Sams Teach Yourself PCs in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself Office in 24 Hours, and Sams Teach Yourself Windows Millennium in 24 Hours. He has also written articles for several magazines, including PC World and Data Training. He is fluent in several computer languages and speaks a little Italian as well.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Todd Hawley on August 15, 2001
Format: 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 together.
There's also a big section on "Internet programming languages," like HTML, DHTML, XML, Java, and Javascript. While they are only touched upon briefly, you still get a general idea of how each langauge works. While it may be a stretch to call HTML and XML "languages" per se, they are still obviously important to know if you plan to do any web programming.
This is an excellent book for a beginning programmer or even for a technical writer who wants to know a little bit about programming concepts.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ronald J. Legere on May 18, 2001
Format: 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 ;)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Achbaatar Oyungua on July 10, 2001
Format: 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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