Paperback: 720 pages
Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (June 3, 2008)
Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches
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It's a good introduction to introductions of a bunch of different things.But I didn't feel like a lot of what the author said was exactly right and it was misleading plenty of times.Explanations weren't clear or simple.. which says to me that the author didn't really understand the topics discussed.Maybe spent a few hours Wikipedia-ing/Googling and then jammed it into a book.Superficial introductions.. pointless language syntax coverage... went on too long on those. You wouldn't be able to do anything with how much it covers in each language anyways, so why cover it like that... shouldn't have been more than a few pages on each language showing a general overview instead of acting like you're going to be able to make something.In the languages section, he basically covers the first 15 pages of the first chapter of an outdated 600+ page language book. I think introducing programming by mixing together BASIC, Pascal, and whatever else he does, while not actually having a format where the user actually does anything is ridiculous. Syntax/code in this book is often not correct and is not intended to actually run/work. You can't learn a skill without practice. This book is written to tell the reader about programming, but not to teach programming. The reader's functional understanding of things does not improve that much after reading this book.You will learn about a few things about data structures. That's right, you'll learn a little about them, but you won't learn them. And I think he took too many pages to tell the reader about them. He acts like he's going to show you how to implement a data structure. But does it 1/30th of the way. Why get started at all if you're going to do that?