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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best place to build confidence, February 9, 2011
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This review is from: Head First Programming: A learner's guide to programming using the Python language (Paperback)
I really wanted to like this book. I am currently in chapter 7 but I believe I have gotten far enough to make an educated assessment of this book.

I am a total newbie when it comes to programming. I don't know a method from a function. I still don't after reading this book. At least when to use them. The book takes you through concepts, using python as the example language, that can be applied no matter what direction of programming you decide later on. That's fine. The problem I have is that I never felt confident applying the concepts to the example programs you are expected to complete at throughout the chapters. I kept telling myself I will catch on I will finally get it. But it's just not happening. It seems like such a far stretch to apply what you have learned to the problems presented.

This is the kind of situation that can really destroy a newbie's confidence with learning a subject. maybe their are much smarter learners than myself who love this book.

I really tried to tackle the problems without looking at the final answer but I could never get my syntax to look even remotely similar to what the suggested answer was. I know their is no one right answer in programming but my syntax wouldn't even work.

I guess I am still looking for a book that teaches the how's and why's, or how to think like a programmer and why the we decided to tackle the problem in this manner.

The reason why I didn't give a lower rating is because I do love the head first series. The format keeps me interested and wanting to read on. It's not dry like so many other tech books. I just felt that the manner in which the material was taught and the expectations of the reader left a little to be desired.

I am still determined to finish this book because I am more than 3/4's the way done. But I just don't have any confidence that I will be ready for the next step. I would really appreciate someone else's thoughts and suggestions on how to study this book.
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