- Paperback: 408 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies; 4 edition (November 6, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470088702
- ISBN-13: 978-0470088708
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 59 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
New techniques make programming easier and more fun
Discover principles and best practices that let you program in many languages
So you always thought programmers were superior beings from another galaxy? Surprise! Programming isn't all that difficult when you know how. Here's the fun and easy route to writing programs that work efficiently for Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux, understanding basic programming principles, using different languages, programming for the Internet, and much more.
- All this on the bonus CD-ROM
- All code used in the book, in several different languages
- Liberty BASIC, REALbasic, Dev-C++, Valentina, Galaxy, and Revolution Studio demo versions
For details and complete system requirements, see the CD-ROM appendix.
Discover how to
- Write programs for multiple platforms
- Program using BASIC and C++
- Recognize similarities in different programming languages
- Use Revolution, a non-traditional language
- Fine-tune and debug programs
About the Author
Wallace Wang is a bestselling author with more than 2.3 million For Dummies books in print, including Microsoft Office For Dummies. He's also a stand-up comic who has performed on TV.
Top customer reviews
The first four chapters are a must-read for any new programmer. but after that, you should pick up a book that focuses on teaching you one programming language.
I have taken a programming course in ANSI-C at the University of North Texas this past fall and I have a few more things to say.
It's great to have a book like this for a context. To answer questions like: "What is it that programmers have to deal with? "What will programming do for me?" etc.
It's not good to rely solely on this book for your programming needs. During the past month I have read through a few of the later chapters and found that much of the programming style of the source codes contained in this book is sloppy. It was very ambitious of the author to try and explain such advanced algorithms and concepts in three different languages, but by doing so, I feel much valuable information was not explained well or even lost somewhere in between the pages that divide Liberty BASIC and C++.
My original assessment was accurate and after having some formal education and experience in Programming, I stand by my original review.
It's nice to criticize, but please don't rely on this book for anything other than finding out about the many different applications for programming.
Just another 'dummies' series book that succeeds in a very simple matter. Helps everyone to learn. Highly recommend.
It gives you examples in lots of different languages; which could be confusing.
But for someone to get an overall view of programming, it's good.