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How to Computer Program by [Smith, Bill]
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  • File Size: 308 KB
  • Print Length: 57 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: December 10, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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After reading the book and the existing reviews, I can only think the author and most of the existing reviewers really have little or no idea what computer programming is all about.
I don't usually write negative reviews, but just couldn't let this one go.

With a title of "How to computer program" I should have known there would be issues, because I can't imagine anyone that actually knows how, that would state it quite that way. More correctly, it should be something more like "How to learn computer programming" or "How to program computers". Either way, it doesn't matter, because the book doesn't actually provide any real information about how to learn computer programming. Suggesting that someone play with open source applications isn't how to learn to program. There are some fundamental concepts that must be learned first, and knowing the particular syntax rules for the language are important before poking about. Starting out by poking at existing open source applications will more likely discourage a person from learning about programming than to encourage them to learn.

Yes, there are some general statements about various languages and perhaps a bit about the need for programmers, but it reads like a loosely collected series of short articles, or a bunch of first paragraphs spun from Wikipedia. The author throws out a list of words that will have absolutely no meaning for a non-programmer, does nothing to explain the descriptions of each language provided, or why the differences may be significant. For example, there is no information provided about the difference between an interpreted scripting language and a compiled language, nor what any of the other buzzwords mean. The concept of a compiler wasn't even brought up.
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By Nyssa on January 20, 2013
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The awkward-sounding title of this book is also a clue that the contents are going to miss the mark as well. This book is not going to teach you how to program a computer.

If this ebook were a computer program, it would crash. There are many misspellings, grammar errors, punctuation errors, and formatting errors; if the author is indeed a programmer, his code must need a lot of debugging. The choice of using greyed fonts in the chapter and section headings make the headings difficult to read on an eInk reader. Quality assurance testing, anyone? QA testing is a must in the world of software development and is a very good thing to do when publishing an ebook too. Again, if the author is a programmer, he should have been aware of this.

The first third of the book is more of an explanation of why it might be a good thing to learn how to "computer program." A lot of the information is repetitive and appears in two and sometimes three sections of the book, sometimes contradicting what has been written elsewhere. Unfortunately a great deal of the information and suggestions are misleading and just plain wrong. Some examples:

From Chapter 1 - "What is Computer Programming?" in the section entitled "Programming Language"
the author writes

"When being introduced to programming the two most common languages that are used are Java and Logo. Logo has been around since the seventies and is used in educational settings more than any other programming language."

Putting aside that jumping directly into Java as a first language is a mistake for a beginner, the Logo language certainly is not a commonly used first language these days. It was originally used over 30 years ago in elementary schools for children to manipulate simple graphics.
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The only review that I can agree with in the reviews I've read is the one by R. Frazier (Volcano, HI). The rest of the reviewers seem to either, A. Be jaded for one reason or another or B. Didn't actually read this book. The book could have honestly been 6 or 7 pages and would have covered all the content.

As the aforementioned reviewer stated, this book is EXTREMELY REPETITIVE. I actually had to go back to make sure I didn't accidentally go backwards on my Kindle because the information is almost verbatim the same. Some topics are repeated 3 and 4 times. Now, I cannot complain about the cost because I downloaded this book when it was listed at 0.00 and I will say that it isn't even worth that. Do not spend any money on this book. Most of the information within is commmon sense and except for the repetitive laundry lists, all the content is so general that you learn literally nothing about anything regarding Computer Programming.

It does not contain a lick of "How to Computer Program". Not one bit. It's all superficial information that is mentioned by the other reviewers including who can benefit from being a computer programmer, what industries need computer programming, what languages are within the realm of computer programming etc. Outside of that, you dont' actually learn anything about the subject itself.

Please, do not buy this book if you value your time and money. This book is a ploy to get a few bucks from unsuspecting people who wish to actually learn something about the subject.
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