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There are numerous tips and suggestions given in the Chapman text. It's very good at illustrating the concepts of programming especially through the use of examples which demonstrate the output from the programs.
The homework exercises are plentiful and cover a range of difficulty. I like very much that plotting is interspersed throughout the book providing a break that students can enjoy in the middle of material that can often be seen as dry. The quizzes are also great. My students use them to verify their understanding of the sections in which they appear.
While reviewing this book I would simply pick up the book and read it, much like you would a novel. I was surprised that it read very well. The examples were well placed and greatly helped in understanding what was being presented.
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The missing chapters in the latter, "Essentials", book are: Chapter 8: Input/Output Functions, Chapter 9: Handle Graphics, Chapter 10: Graphical User Interfaces, and Chapter 11: The MATLAB compiler. If you do decide to get the "Essentials" book, make sure to get the latest one, which was released November 7, 2008, and is copyright 2009. Amazon will only let me directly link to a previous edition of it at the moment, so I've decided not to link to it, to avoid any confusion.
Update: The author in 2012 has an even more recent release with more applicability to Engineers, called "MATLAB Programming with Applications for Engineers". It contains basically the same material as the Essentials book, but with additional emphasis on Engineering mathematics, for instance, Differential Equations. It also contains his material on Handle Graphics and at least an appendix with Input/Output Functions, however, still no Graphical User Interface or MATLAB compiler material (which may be fine for your particular course).