The ultimate learn-by-doing approach
The book is extremely user-friendly. It assumes no programming experience. Chapters cover only as much as the average learner can absorb in ten minutes, so you're never asked to eat an elephant. Explanations are in plain, nontechnical English that people of all backgrounds can readily understand. With ample coding examples and illustrations.
The most important part: free, online, interactive exercises paired with each chapter. Cognitive research shows that retention increases 400 percent when learners are challenged to retrieve the information they just read. You'll spend two to three times as long practicing as reading. When you code incorrectly, you'll get as many do-overs as you need, until you know it cold.
Testing showed that books and courses load up the reader with far too much information at a time. So I divide up the information into little chunks that won't overwhelm you.
A book on coding doesn't have to be written in impenetrable legalese. It can actually be human-readable. My book is.
People often learn best through examples, so I provide plenty of them.
Most important, before you have a chance to forget what you've read in the book, I ask you to fire up your desktop or laptop (not your mobile device) and head over to my website, where you run a set of interactive exercises, practicing everything you've learned—until you're sure you've mastered it.
Readers tell me they often start the exercises thinking they've learned the latest lesson, and quickly find out they're still a little shaky on it. The automated exercise manager protects you against this common learner delusion. It keeps you at it until your overconfidence becomes real confidence—confidence that's based on your excellent performance. There are 1,750 exercises in all. They're all interactive, with an automated answer-checker that corrects your missteps and points you in the right direction when you stumble. And they're all free.
Thousands of readers have filled out feedback forms telling me that the combination of the book and interactive exercises is involving, fun, frustration-free, addictive, confidence-building, and...well, read the reviews.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #8703 in Books
- Published on: 2014-03-20
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- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: 10.00" h x
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- Binding: Paperback
- 254 pages
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115 of 120 people found the following review helpful.
Wow, I can't believe you got me addicted to this. I have never experienced anything like this before when learning.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
Good but a couple of omissions
By Running Bill
I've been coding websites since the 90s and went through this book as sort of a refresher and it was perfect for that. Short, straightforward chapters that get to the point and are very clear. Too many instructional books try to cram extra "gotchas" in the examples they're trying to illustrating and while I appreciate authors wanting to pass along their experience it often ends up muddling the main reason for the example. So here the author did a fantastic job of keeping the examples short, sweet, and to the point. And when there were real-world examples of potential issues, illustrated those separately. I wasn't a fan of the online quizzes because as he stated at the start of the book, he's very strict with how he wants you to enter the code. I'm a huge fan of teaching people to code cleanly but when you tell me I have to type "onMouseover" instead of "onmouseover" I'm out.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
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Finally, a new approach to learning
By Les Platz
The magic of this book is that is delivers the subject matter in quick to read, bite size portions. This is further reinforced by working through the exercises on the website after completeing each chapter. Say I've been away from the material for a week, no problem, I rewind through a prevous chapter as a quick refresh to reboot my memory and then move forward through new material.