Series: New Perspectives
Paperback: 1136 pages
Publisher: Course Technology; 4 edition (August 15, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.6 x 10.8 inches
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Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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This book was required for what may have been the toughest class I've ever taken past introduction to coding (I really had no idea how to approach coding, at first, so it was very painful). I believe we were assigned a total of eleven of the tutorials from this book for homework, and while the later ones weren't too difficult, the first couple were challenging. This book is FULL of info though, and while it is occasionally hard to locate an exact answer if you're creating your own project, it was pretty useful.I do think it is somewhat overly expensive (I paid I think about $180) but that's the name of the game with textbooks these days, and this one is selected by SUNY as far as I know so we didn't have a choice.One thing to keep in mind is that this book is huge. It is also printed on very thin paper (like I said, ton of info), so it's really easy to damage the pages and I only brought it to class once or twice, on days I thought we might need it for open book tests. I ended up using an adjustable laptop table in order to have this book securely displayed for doing the tutorials without damaging it, since it's so huge that holding it up yourself might lead to torn pages or spine warping as it is a soft cover. So basically I advise using a laptop table, a lecturn, or a music stand so you can have it displayed at an angle for reading and page turning.Regarding the tutorials, I won't lie, I tried to get through them as quickly as possible because I was taking other classes as well as running my own business, so I had a somewhat limited amount of time to put into them.