Series: For Dummies
Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: For Dummies; 4 edition (June 23, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
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This book is awesome.I'm learning Java for work, and my boss got me a different book on java which was a very serious college textbook. That book is 1100 pages. I tried to start reading it, but I was very intimidated, overwhelmed, and I struggled to understand the concepts. So, I bought this "Beginning Programming" book by Burd, and it saved me!Burd's book is very easy to understand. Some concepts were tricky, but by the end of the chapter I got it. His pace for introducing new material was perfect. I didn't get overwhelmed or bored.I had done programming in a different language before, and I was concerned that getting a "Beginning Programming" book would be too elementary. That wasn't a problem. I just skipped over anything that was too basic (e.g. explaining what a loop is). And actually, I didn't end up skipping very much. The book is light-hearted and fun to read. So, I ended up reading almost everything, even parts that were a bit obvious to me.The coding exercises were great. After only a couple of chapters, I was actually writing and running the little example java programs on my computer. I really felt like I was making progress right away! I would do each sample program exactly like the book showed me, and then I would often play around with it, making little changes and experimenting.By the end of the book, I had written a couple of programs all on my own using the knowledge from the book. I wrote a little "Rock, Paper, Scissors" game and a "Tic Tac Toe" game. These weren't extensions of the example programs in the book. They were brand new programs I dreamed up to experiment with the concepts I was learning.