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QBasic By Example, Special Edition Paperback – October 21, 1993

ISBN-13: 978-1565294394 ISBN-10: 1565294394 Edition: 1st
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This special edition provides beginning programmers with a helpful format that simplifies the programming learning experience. Presents short chapters that illustrate quick learning progress--even through complex topics. Open and friendly style makes extensive use of icons and illustrations to present technical material in an easy-to-read manner. Coverage includes an introduction to QBasic language elements, as well as advanced topics such as data structures, subroutines and functions, and disk file processing. Covers Version 1.x. -- Que Corp.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Que Publishing; 1 edition (October 21, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565294394
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565294394
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #744,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 31, 1998
Format: Paperback
The increasing obsolescence of the QBasic language does not eliminate the need for fundamental programming knowledge for beginners provided by "QBasic by Example." Coding QBasic is an excellent stepping stone for learning how to program. Several fundamental programming concepts are covered in this book such as general program structure, if-then-else statements, and loops. The book also has important information for beginners on understanding how programs and computers work.
I was a little disappointed that the book does not cover ALL of the QBasic commands. However, the most frequently used commands are explained very clearly with ample use of easy to read program examples and well organized chapters. The author obviously knows how the human mind learns best and this book images his experience.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By "progman55" on October 15, 2000
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I'm a fairly experienced programmer, having programmed since 1992 lightly in QBasic. I was pretty sure that I knew most of what there was to know about QBasic. So, you can understand that I was hesitent to actually read this book. When I did, however, I learned an enormous amount of commands that I didn't have a clue about earlier. As well, it taught me how to structure my code. I recommend this book strongly to anyone who wants to learn to program. Even if you're experienced and want a review, this is the one for you. I give it five stars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Neil W. Fisk on May 3, 2005
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Greg Perry makes learning in this edition easy, and very enjoyable for people who want to learn qbasic. Even today there are many people that use the language, especially young teens.
The latest compiler has taken on a new image and GUI from a third party software vendor written for windows, if your not using the program that was provided with MS-DOS and windows 3.1 many years ago. Greg's book clips away functions and keywords that you will learn directly in qbasic. Each chapter takes you through a series of techniques that are common among all computer languages; things such as loops, data sorting, printing, and graphics.
One very good aspect of the book I like is that you can skip to chapters that describe keywords, and use them quickly, without any real knowledge of the language. The general layout in book is pretty good too.All the block print for programming is highlighted in blue, which clearly defines many short lessons throughout the chapters, and the rest of the book.
If you never programmed before, I would recommend this language, along with Greg's book. I've read and learned programming from titles in C/C++, but qbasic is a real delight. It's not all that difficult, and the syntax is very sparse, unlike C, where the scope of it's variables can go out of range. Semi-colons play a big part in C too, which adds fustration for most people.
The keywords are just like the english language with symbols, which anyone can learn very quickly. In just a few short hours, you can have a full color application up and running with greg's book, it's a truely remarkable presentation in learning to program. If you desire programming with windows, then qbasic will prepare you for Visual Basic which is known for rapid application development, and is gaining popularity around the world.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Melvin Williams on September 10, 2000
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This is Greg Perry at his best. The book is well written, well structured and will have the novice writing good programs in no time. Having never programmed before I was able to write a few involved programs after reading only 2/3 of the book. Perry peppers the lessons with meaningful examples and writes in a clear, easy to understand style. I recommend this book to anyone trying to learn QBasic. This should stand as an example to all programming books.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By terryms@northstate.net on January 19, 1998
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A lot of Qbasic books cover a lot of program structure and demonstrate that structure without first explaining the code thats in them. Qbasic by Example focuses on teaching you the code. All exhamples are simple and easy to follow. You can jump to any chapter and learn a command or keyword that you need without being lost. This is an excellent book. I use it as a reference manual.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Son Hai Le on April 5, 2000
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I have experienced a little bit of Qbasic by meself and when I bought this book, I can't believe that Qbasic can do even more stuff than I know. It really sure help me to understand about Qbasic and its powerful function. I learned alot from this book. If you are new to Qbasic, I recommend this excellent book to you. It will train you to become master in Qbasic.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 1997
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For the beginning programmer, there is no better book on QBasic available. This book presents the basics of QBasic in an easy to follow, step by step format.
Filled with examples, each new element of program design builds on what the author has already taught you.
I highly recommend this book!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 16, 1999
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This book is a must if you are a beginner wanting to leanr programming. It is the easiest language, and the one that everyone should start with. This book explains everything you need to know very well and easy to understand. A great buy.
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