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Starting Out with Alice: A Visual Introduction to Programming, 2nd Edition (Gaddis Series) Paperback – November 1, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0321545879 ISBN-10: 0321545877 Edition: 2nd
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About the Author

Tony Gaddis is the author of numerous textbooks, including Starting Out with C++, Starting Out with Java, Starting Out with Visual Basic.NET, and Starting Out with Visual Basic 6. He is a professor at Haywood Community College.
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Product Details

  • Series: Gaddis Series
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 2 edition (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321545877
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321545879
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.6 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Thompson on October 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
I would recommend this book for all beginners with not only programming itself, but also with Alice 2.0. The book is wonderfully detailed with definitions of terms used frequently, photographic examples of how each step is supposed to look as well as very simple-to-follow tutorials in every chapter. The text is very easy to read and understand as well, very rarely does it ever NOT simplify or provide examples/demonstrations for a concept. Even better, at the end of each chapter there are a set of multiple choice, short answer and exercise questions to help make all the information learned stick just a bit more in your head.

The only downsides to this textbook are that there is no glossary of terms (a feature that would have been very helpful when it comes to programming), and many of the tutorials are very simplistic--something which is good at first, but grows a little boring when you find yourself wanting something of a challenge. And finally, Alice itself tends to have a few glitches here and there (mainly only in that it can slow things down and even take a few minutes to load).

Overall, I'd say this book is worth the price. I give it four out of five stars.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J.K. on March 25, 2012
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This is for the first edition of this book and I'm writing this review in 2012, after the second edition has come out.

I bought the first edition of this book for a song here. My needs are very simple: I am interested in learning JavaScript and PHP well enough to be able to handle JavaScript and jQuery with a reasonable amount of confidence and do extremely straightforward back-end web development for my planned website. Practically every beginner book in JavaScript, jQuery, and PHP will assure you in a blurb on the cover that you don't need to know any programming in order to be able to use the book with confidence, and you will find that is a black lie marinated in greed and roasted over hellfire.

After you get past the first chapter of these books, which the publishers understand a non-programmer will browse in the bookstore before buying it, every book I've tried to use to learn this stuff starts rattling off the compuspeak like nobody's business and expects you to follow along nicely. When you can't, well, the obvious assumption to make is that it's your fault. And that's not the truth -- you need a better book written by a better teacher. In all honesty, how can you expect someone who chooses to submit a author's picture of themselves skateboarding (HeadFirst JavaScript) or someone who forgets to thank his students and instead offers thanks to God in his acknowledgments for gifting him with natural teaching ability (JavaScript, A Beginner's Guide) to be able to teach their way out of a paper bag?

I understood that I wanted the simplest possible introduction to basic programming and I dug through the introductory programming books available on Amazon until I found this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stefanie Boros on July 5, 2011
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I bought this book for an intro to programming class. Although it didn't completely close the gap when I went to take Java, I did feel that I knew a lot of the terminology from this book and my mindset was where it needed to be. I think that those two elements are the most important, so this book definitely delivered there.

There is not actual coding, but it teaches you the structure and how different actions will affect other areas. I think that it would be a big help for those who want to ease themselves into programming and it would even be fun for older kids who want to learn.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By YJG on June 28, 2012
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If you buy the book new, it has an access code specifically saying that you get a prepaid subscription providing you with full access to all student support areas including:

- Web Sections and Chapters
- VideoNotes

Though when you sign up online all you have access to are the "VideoNotes". I would not have opened the access code if I could not have access to the chapters. SO THAT WAS A TOTAL LIE. I even contacted the publisher to verify this:

"We investigated and found only video notes are available for this book."

I think the publisher should do something about it.

Other than that, the book is OK.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Piet on October 9, 2009
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Great book. Please be aware that if you are not a US Educator, you do not have access to the supplementary material from the publisher's website.
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Absolutely love this book. The software comes with it, and if you can't get the software to work on your computer, you can download it from the Alice website. The book makes the software easy to use, and the book itself is very easy to read. I have already recommended it to my friends. This software is so easy to use that my 9 and 13 year old sisters could use it. They didn't bother with the book, but they had fun playing with the software and were able to figure out how to use it.

NOTE: I don't know what system the software in the book is for (Mac or Windows), but you can always go to the publisher's website and download it for a Mac (that is the computer I have).
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By Brittany Edwin on May 19, 2013
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I only ordered this book because I was taking an introduction programming course at school. Now that the semester is over I know this book won't go to waste because I actually like the program !
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