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Karel++: A Gentle Introduction to the Art of Object-Oriented Programming 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0471138099
ISBN-10: 0471138096
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This creative approach to learning C++ programming introduces readers to Karel the Robot and then shows them how to design programs that instruct Karel to perform complex tasks. Karel's world is essentially a practice field on which readers learn valuable lessons about creating and debugging program. The programs instruct the robot to move and manipulate its environment using object orientation.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 16, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471138096
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471138099
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,302,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was looking for a way to introduce my students to object-oriented programming without scaring them out of the class in the first 10 minutes. Karel the Robot is a powerful aid to teaching because it has a very limited vocabulary, which is easily extensible and encourages students to build their own components quickly. It is a great way to introduce concepts that will be directly analogous in C++ and Java. The examples and problem sets in the book provide a rich resource of ideas. Although some of the concepts can difficult such as recursion, this is a great book for teaching structured logic to students from high school through collage level.
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This book is meant for the earliest of beginning programmers. If you have any programming experience whatsoever, even with macros, the information in this book will seem extrememly remedial. Also, some of the terms used aren't even real C++ code, so you'll have to adjust your thinking just a little when you move on. Finally, the price is pretty steep for the amount of information you get. I would probably only recommend this book for someone needing a very, very, VERY gentle intro to programming.
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With the use of this book and associated software, one can master the C++ or Java language in no time at all! It uses the analagy of a Robot, and the simple classes that operate it. Due to the fact that it has simple classes, time is not wasted trying to remember the many classes and their functions, and the reader immediatly begins programming the Robot. The Karel++ language has the Syntax of C++, and is Object Oriented (just like Java and C++). This is a must buy for anyone getting into programming, or just learning OOP (Object Oriented Programming)!
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This is really a book that is only worth getting if you are taking an intro to programming class that requires you to buy it. For example my class started out with the "simpler" karel programming language, then introduced us to C, and then came back to this which combines Karel and C++. The good thing is that if you understood Karel, and C, then you do not have to go through this book with a fine tooth comb. You basically just have to look up the concepts you need to know and figure out how to tweak what you already know from the other material.

If you are not taking a class that requires it, there is really no reason to get this. It is not really something that translates into the "real world." You would be better off just buying a C++ book and learning from that. All this book really does is meld the made up Karel language with C++ to move fake robots around a fake world. Fine for class and turning in assignments, but useless for anything else. If you are trying to self study programming, better off to skip this one.
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