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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc (Computers); 4 edition
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470099682
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470099681
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By ashtray7 on September 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
I just finished a course in object-oriented programming (Java) as part of a master's program in information systems management. Yeah, I aced it, but not without a lot of help from professional programmers. Trouble was, I couldn't understand Java because I had no programming experience; even the textbook, Head First Java, assumes prior programming experience. HFJ read like the proverbial Greek. (Trust, I will let my school know they need to revamp this part of the program.)

Now, I'm doing a course related to software frameworks, so this program isn't gonna get any easier.

So I went out and bought Beginning Programming for Dummies, and it hasn't disappointed. It clearly breaks down the languages BASIC, Revolution and C++, and presents the fundamentals of logic and programming in an uncomplicated way. This book is one giant ephiphany. "Oh, that's was a string is! Wow, is that was .NET is designed to do? Holy moly, loops are really that simple?" Before reading this, I had no idea that programs in differing langugages could be stored on Dynamic Link Library (DLL) files and linked together into a larger program using Visual Basic. I'd heard of DLLs, but had no idea what they were.

I work for an IT integration firm in an administrative position, and now I feel like what this company does has been somewhat demystified.

I usually don't comment on books on this site, but if you want to get a good overview what computer programming is all about before you delve into the programming language of your choice, do yourself a favor and buy this book.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By mojo on August 7, 2012
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To all potential purchaser's of this book; beware the CD that is so prominently mentioned on the cover and is heavily referenced throughout the content of the book as being a helpful aid in allowing a user to work thru examples within the book IS NO LONGER SUPPORTED by the software company. In essence the CD is worthless which in turn makes this book worthless.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By CBarton on June 26, 2013
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I take some responsibility - I should have asked myself how the practice CD would be included in a Kindle version.... It isn't, of course. How's that intended to work, Amazon?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BooksAndBooks on July 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
As a Computer Science student with NO PREVIOUS knowledge of any programming language, this book has been extremely useful to grasp the basic concepts of programming.
Recommended purchase.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Elendu on April 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
Who uses Liberty BASIC anymore? Worse yet, the software on the CD is too old to run on any machine running Windows XP or newer. It does not cover any sort of object oriented programming in detail, because it was written during a time when text based OS's were the standard. Since Visual BASIC is the preferred flavor for anyone even thinking about using BASIC anymore, this text is inadequate. Might have been useful about 20 years ago, but for anyone recently thinking about purchasing this book: DONT.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kell on January 30, 2014
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This will show you the world of programming. it isn't written to teach you an entire language. it only shows you how different programming languages work and teaches you about half of three different languages.
The first four chapters are a must-read for any new programmer. but after that, you should pick up a book that focuses on teaching you one programming language.

UPDATE(1/21/2014):
I have taken a programming course in ANSI-C at the University of North Texas this past fall and I have a few more things to say.
It's great to have a book like this for a context. To answer questions like: "What is it that programmers have to deal with? "What will programming do for me?" etc.
It's not good to rely solely on this book for your programming needs. During the past month I have read through a few of the later chapters and found that much of the programming style of the source codes contained in this book is sloppy. It was very ambitious of the author to try and explain such advanced algorithms and concepts in three different languages, but by doing so, I feel much valuable information was not explained well or even lost somewhere in between the pages that divide Liberty BASIC and C++.

My original assessment was accurate and after having some formal education and experience in Programming, I stand by my original review.
It's nice to criticize, but please don't rely on this book for anything other than finding out about the many different applications for programming.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Teresa Perry on August 10, 2010
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I ordered this and two other "Dummies" guides while taking computer programming classes in college and they saved me from failing! Not everyone immediately understands the course materials given, but these guides simplified everything I needed to know and got me through the tough parts of my courses! Thank you!!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By thenuke on January 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is pretty good for a beginner. It gives you some common knowledge about where to start and what you can do from there. It does leave some stuff open ended at times or does not go into much explanation at other times. It can leave you a little confused without looking outside this book. However, that is the purpose of this book. It is to give you a start and help you to BEGIN learning about programming. I would recommend it to someone looking to get started in programming.
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