Head First Programming
A Learner's Guide to Programming Using the Python LanguageBook - 2009
Presents the concepts of writing computer programs, covering such topics as variables, loops, functions, data files and arrays, modular programming, widgets, exceptions, and objects.
This visual text for beginning programmers combines a humorous, conversational style and b&w illustrations, cartoons, and photos to present material for several different learning styles. Readers will begin creating simple programs right away in Chapter 2, using code examples found on a Web site. The book uses release 3 of the Python programming language, but because it is designed to teach programming rather than Python, most examples highlight programming concepts rather than Python features. Readers will need to download and install Python 3 on their computers. Barry lectures at The Institute of Technology-Carlow, Ireland. Griffiths has written other Head First books. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Looking for a reliable way to learn how to program on your own, without being overwhelmed by confusing concepts? Head First Programming introduces the core concepts of writing computer programs -- variables, decisions, loops, functions, and objects -- which apply regardless of the programming language. This book offers concrete examples and exercises in the dynamic and versatile Python language to demonstrate and reinforce these concepts.
Learn the basic tools to start writing the programs that interest you, and get a better understanding of what software can (and cannot) do. When you're finished, you'll have the necessary foundation to learn any programming language or tackle any software project you choose.
With a focus on programming concepts, this book teaches you how to:
- Understand the core features of all programming languages, including: variables, statements, decisions, loops, expressions, and operators
- Reuse code with functions
- Use library code to save time and effort
- Select the best data structure to manage complex data
- Write programs that talk to the Web
- Share your data with other programs
- Write programs that test themselves and help you avoid embarrassing coding errors
We think your time is too valuable to waste struggling with new concepts. Using the latest research in cognitive science and learning theory to craft a multi-sensory learning experience, Head First Programming uses a visually rich format designed for the way your brain works, not a text-heavy approach that puts you to sleep.
Blackwell North Amer
Head First Programming introduces the core concepts of writing computer programs - variables, decisions, loops, functions, and objects - which apply regardless of the programming language, but uses concrete examples and exercises in the dynamic and versatile Python language to apply and reinforce these concepts.
Learn the basic tools to start writing the programs that interest you, not the generic software someone else thinks you should have, and get a better understanding of what software can (and cannot) do. When you're finished, you'll have the necessary foundation to apply to whatever language or software project you need or want to learn.