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Roaring Log Fire
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1.0 out of 5 stars it sounds like this is nothing but fire sounds, December 1, 2014
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Should ave looked more closely at the genre - New Age. Just listening to the sample, it sounds like this is nothing but fire sounds, but in fact after about twenty seconds lame New Age music breaks in. All I wanted was some innocuous background noise.

Head First Programming: A learner's guide to programming using the Python language
Head First Programming: A learner's guide to programming using the Python language
by David Griffiths
Edition: Paperback
Price: $34.11
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction to Programming Fundamentals, July 28, 2010
Using an interesting format based on the latest theories on how human learn, I consider Head First Programming to be an excellent introduction to programming fundamentals.

Make no mistake: despite containing a significant amount of information on the Python programming language, this book's main goal is to teach you the basics of computer programming which can be applied across (more or less) all programming languages. In order to teach those principles, the authors give you a good amount of Python in order to give you the tools to put into practice what you've just learned about programming through various exercises spread throughout the book. The exercises themselves are presented meaningfully as, for example, an independent programming contract with a health club to develop a p.o.s. system. This framework really helps to create a sense of accomplishment and also illustrate how what you are learning might be usefully applied in the real world. It is this approach, as opposed to many introductory books to programming which merely teach theory, that makes this book so great.

That being said, the book is not perfect. The solution to several of the exercises necessitates the use of (small bits of) code that hasn't been shown to you before anywhere up to that point, necessitating glancing at the answer for a hint. Also, there's at least one small mistake in the sample code (specifically for the final code exercise) that, while not making the program you're working on wholly inoperable, is frustrating to deal with as your seemingly perfect code keeps throwing up an error message when you attempt to close it. The sample code provided on the book website, however, is free of this error. Ultimately, however, while they were unsolvable except by looking at the answer provided, these small flaws served to force me to think more about what I was doing and I learned more because of them.

From what I've seen and heard of other introductory programming books, Head First Programming stands far above the rest and is definitely where someone with no former programming education should start, regardless of the programming language you'd eventually like to learn.

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