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

Richard Mansfield
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Book Description

The easiest way to learn programming essentials

This up-to-date introductory guide to programming focuses on basics, teaching fundamental concepts and hands-on techniques to beginners. The book introduces you to real-world programming using Microsoft's free but powerful Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition.

Unlike other so-called introductory guides to programming, Programming: A Beginner's Guide stays focused on exactly the information beginners need to know. Step-by-step tutorials take you through the process of creating practical programs for Windows. Plenty of examples of executable code are available for download from the book's website.

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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: 368 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 1 edition (July 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002JA02GQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #913,360 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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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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