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Dr. Kaufman's book is still among my favorite textbooks. It presents the basics of FORTRAN programming language in an easy-to-understand format with enough satire to actually make learning fun. The book is an older text, but covers most of the basics required for coding. The concepts of storage, expressions, and logic are applicable to any language.
This book was the best $6.95 I ever spent as a freshman engineer during the punch card days. The book is still useful reference for entry level programmers. The 'Dr. Seuss'-like presentation style doesn't go over the edge, while providing fodder for the doodling reader with a highlighter. Clearly many highlighter colors were required to assimilate Fortran carriage control. When it's all over, you have learned FORTRAN, guaranteed - or "you deserve your money back".
This is by far the most entertaining college textbook you will ever read. It is not really a coloring book (though you can color pictures in, if you really want), but rather a nice classical programming textbook. Some of it isn't incredibly useful, since you probably don't use punchcards anymore... but you probably don't use Fortran either, but it does teach the fundamentals of programming, which carries over from any language.
In reality, this is probably a great gag-gift for the nerd who has everything. But it might also be good for a young person who doesn't believe that learning can be fun.
On a personal note, this is the reason I chose to go MIT...once they accepted me, of course. But it probably also had something to do with my skillset being something that MIT was looking for: I read it as a young teenager, and it got me interested in programming while teaching me fundamentals at the same time. It also told me that any university that used this as their textbook had was of making learning entertaining & interesting, and ended up having a pretty big influence on my schooling and career.
I feel embarrassed. After putting in a negative review for not receiving the shipment, it arrived the next day. It would have been nice to have received notice when the second shipment took place,but book arrived well packaged, and in excellent condition.
I had a copy years ago, and wanted a new copy for when the kids I work with now come asking fortran questions. Book takes a somewhat different approach to teaching programming by providing real world analogies to explain programming concepts.
Naive me, I thought this was a coloring book. What a great idea, I thought. Unfortunately "A FORTRAN Coloring Book" is actually a hand-written college textbook. In its defense, it is mildly humorous in spots and gives you a look back at life in the punch card days. I really wish it was a coloring book, though.