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Excellent Foundation For Programming
on December 1, 2008
I love this book. I tried learning the basics of programming a while ago, but was unable to find any resources that gave a really good foundation of the basics of programming. So, I got frustrated due to a lot of questions being left unanswered and put learning programming onto the back burner. A week ago I decided to go back into giving web development\programming another go as a career change. And coolness, I found Computer Programming for Teens which gives the background that anyone new to programming needs...the solid foundation and understanding of basic programming topics that I had been looking for.
The author covers all the fundamental topics (such as what are variables, how variables work, the three kinds of loops and how all of their parts work, tears apart how a function works) a person needs to understand any programming or scripting language. The author gives examples by using real life situations, such as painting a friends house and compares the real life situation to how the program works. These examples help give you a feel for the programming topic.
The author gives coding examples using C++. At first she gives all of the coding and then just gives a few lines of coding for other examples. You can download Visual C++ Express from Microsoft, which is free and a great tool, to learn and practice the examples in this book.