- Series: For Dummies
- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies; 2nd edition (March 29, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764508350
- ISBN-13: 978-0764508356
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,777,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
Your fun and easy guide to BASIC programming and beyond!
Liberty BASIC, REALbasic, Perl, and more on CD-ROM
Find out just how easy it is to write computer programs
Want to start programming but don't know where to start? Don't worry! With loads of examples and a dash of humor, author Wallace Wang demystifies programming concepts, shows you how to write cool Windows programs in Liberty BASCI, and introduces you to some of today's hottest programming languages.
Discover how to:
* Get up to speed on programming fundamentals
* Write and debug Liberty BASIC programs
* Work with graphics, sounds, and data structure
* Get a handle on Web programming
All this on the bonus CD-ROM
Liberty BASIC and other shareware:
* TrueBasic, Pocket C, PC Native Oberon, and other demos
* Python and Perl open source software
* Plus sample code from the book and a bonus chapter, "Programming in Python"
* System Requirements: PC running Windows 95 or later, Windows NT4 or later; Power Macintosh running System 7.6 or later; See the About the CD Appendix for details and complete system requirements.
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About the Author
Wallace Wang is the bestselling author of Beginning Programming For Dummies, 2nd Edition, Steal This Computer Book 2, and many other books. In addition to writing computer books, he also performs stand-up comedy in Las Vegas and has appeared on the TV show A&E's "Evening at the Improv."
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Lots of weak points: The mistakes in the authors programming examples were abundant. He spent much of the book teaching QBASIC (a language few people will ever productively use except for recreational purposes). My opinion,beginners wanting to learn programming for recreation would be better off learning HTML (which is covered moderately in the book) which has some productive value. Finally, the author is trying too hard to be funny. Granted his bio states he wants to be a stand-up comedian, but it didn't work for me while reading an intro-technical computer book.
The language that is used in this book is LibertyBASIC, which is similar to QBASIC, RealBASIC and other versions and just as easy to learn. I feel that it's necessary to mention here that the BASIC language is the most widely known programming language in the world. Microsoft (where I happen to work) created it's early software in BASIC and is currently still using it's own flavor of the language (Visual BASIC) in-house. Take a look at any college computer science or programming curiculum and you will notice that almost every one of them starts off by teaching BASIC (usually Visual Basic, which is even easier in my opinion). The reason, there again, is because it's simple to grasp and to learn important concepts early-on.
It is true that LibertyBASIC specifically is not used widely in the "real world", but again that is NOT the point of this book. Instead, time is spent on concepts relevant to programming and why they are important. Boolean expressions, arrays, looping statements such as IF/THEN/ELSE and WHILE/WEND and subroutines (among other topics essential to programming basics) are all touched upon here. The point, again, is an INTRODUCTION. LibertyBASIC allows you to quickly get up and running with simple programs and to practice these central concepts without getting confused and frustrated.
The book also touches on other programming languages that exist such as Perl, Python, Ruby, C++, Java and others. It spends a good deal of time giving a background and primer on what these languages try to accomplish and their popular uses. I think this book is ideal for people who are interested in programming but don't know where to start and for those who MIGHT be interested but aren't sure and need an overview of what they will be getting themselves into.
From here, dive into other programming books with more centralized topics or higher-level languages. If this book really piques your curiosity and you decide to get into programming full-time, my personal recommendation is to enroll in a local community college and take C++, C# or Java courses. I think the learning is faster and it helps to have instructor interaction in case something goes awry in your learning.
I hope this helps, and good luck!!!!
I don't know if it's the book itself or the accompanying cd, but NONE of the C++ programs work properly. I've been forced to try and learn how to correct some of the most basic mistakes off of the internet, but it has really hampered my ability to learn this programming language, especially as the programs get more complex.
This is the 4th and most recent addition. I would assume that enough sales to quantify four iterations would qualify this book for a technical editor, not just someone with a firm grasp of English.
Wiley Publishing, please stop making computer study aids edited by people that don't understand the technical terms and programs. I've wasted hours just trying to figure out what's wrong instead of actually LEARNING.