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Programming A Beginner's Guide (Beginner's Guides (McGraw-Hill)) [Kindle Edition]

Richard Mansfield
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Book Description

Essential Programming Skills--Made Easy!

Learn programming fundamentals quickly with help from this hands-on tutorial. No previous experience required! Programming: A Beginner's Guide gets you started right away writing a simple but useful program in Visual Basic Express Edition, and then moves on to more advanced projects, including a quiz program and a protected personal diary. You'll develop real-world programming skills, like designing user interfaces and working with variables, arrays, loops, and procedures. By the end of this clear and entertaining book, you'll be able to create, debug, and customize your own practical Windows-based programs with ease.

Designed for Easy Learning

  • Key Skills & Concepts--Chapter-opening lists of specific skills covered in the chapter
  • Ask the Expert--Q & A sections filled with bonus information and helpful tips
  • Try This--Hands-on exercises that show you how to apply your skills
  • Notes--Extra information related to the topic being covered
  • Tips--Helpful reminders or alternate ways of doing things
  • Annotated programming--Example code with commentary that describes the programming techniques being illustrated

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About the Author

Richard Mansfield is an authority on Visual Basic. He is the author of several books, including How to Do Everything: Second Life. Richard’s books have sold more than 600,000 copies worldwide and have been translated into 12 languages.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4680 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 1 edition (July 28, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002JA02GQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #932,152 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The computer programming red pill July 19, 2014
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Richard Mansfield's writing is about as clear and down-to-earth as it gets and, in an extremely esotericized field like computer programming, that's of enormous value to newcomers struggling to find someone of humility and generosity to find an entry point.

Most teachers in the field of programming are primarily concerned with impressing the reader with how smart they are, and their idea of how to do that is to show how far above the reader they are in terms of knowledge. And subconsciously that means using as much undefined and poorly-defined jargon as possible in order to put the reader "in his place" as less intelligent than the author.

Thankfully, Richard Mansfield doesn't work that way. He's of a philosophy that says that education should actually result in understanding, not inferiority and confusion, and this book is what happens when such people happen to write programming books.

Mind you, you're not going to become a programming expert with this book, but at least you'll finally be able to get a beginner's foothold for getting on board the ride. How many other "teaching" books on programming do even that for you?
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A good beginning guide for those who don't have any programming experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on programming. June 29, 2013
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RIchard Mansfield is the best writer for the novice hoping to learn computer programming. An excellent book for the beginner.
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