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A Web-Based Introduction to Programming: Essential Algorithms, Syntax, and Control Structures Using PHP and XHTML Paperback – December 31, 2010
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''This is the best logic book I have ever had in over 25 years of teaching!'' --Bob Husson, Craven Community College
''I teach intro to programming and algorithms and I have used this book for three terms. It is excellent. The book's content leads students through the examples in a natural way that makes learning traditional programming concepts easy, and students retain the concepts. The coding exercises build upon each other from algorithms all the way through small PHP programs. As a teacher I highly recommend this book for students and instructors alike.'' --Charlie Wallin, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
''The textbook, A Web-Based Introduction to Programming, was my first exposure to PHP. I could not have asked for a better introduction. The explanations, examples, and order of topics covered, made teaching and learning the basics of PHP a simple process. My students found the exercises and assignments at the end of each chapter fun but challenging. My only regret is that I did not discover this book sooner.'' --Joe Sherrill, Martin Community College (retired) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Mike O'Kane is a Professor at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in North Carolina.
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This book is formatted much like a text book, so if you're looking for colorful pictures and bold asides with fun tips and things like that, you will be disappointed. It instead has lots of complete, easy to follow code, preceded by algorithms, requirements, and lots of information to make it easy to follow. There are easy review questions at the end of the chapter, and then great practice exercises that increase in difficulty. Plus there are power point and Flash tutorials to go with it online, and a CD ( I haven't cracked that open yet so I can't comment on it) . It has good indexes and appendices, and a detailed table of contents. I have the third edition, which has OOP Included. This is probably the best resource I've seen to describe OOP simply and repetitively, although I'd be interested in seeing this chapter expanded in future versions - since encountering this type of code in the wild can be pretty intimidating for new programmers.
My introductory to programming courses in Pascal way back when . I can honestly say that I would have found this path much more interesting at the time. Also far more real world useful. And it's definitely something where my friend can sit and read and learn on his own, without out a lot of my assistance. The only downside is that the book is actually priced like a textbook :( . It's worth the price, but nobody wants to spend that much on a book.
I have already learned so much and I just started the fifth chapter. This is absolutely a must have in your collection.
Thanks MIKE O'KANE!