This book is 1/3 of a package
The other 2/3 of the package is free.
You can purchase The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders for $111.66. Will reading it qualify you to practice psychiatry?
It takes more than a book.
No one would think they could become a psychiatrist, airline pilot, or pro golfer by reading a book. Yet plenty of people hope they can become a programmer that way. They can't, and for the same reason you can't expect to fly a 737 after reading a flight manual.
Like any set of skills, learning to program requires not just reading, but practice—supervised practice, with someone guiding you and correcting your mistakes. That's why coding bootcamps can be so effective.
No bootcamp? No problem.
If you don't happen to have $8,000 or more for a bootcamp, I can offer you a pretty good alternative: supervised practice, made possible by technology, that's not just affordable, but free.
Read. Practice. Practice some more.
After each short chapter of the book, I send you to my website where, at no charge, you complete twenty interactive exercises that reinforce what's covered in the chapter. These exercises are supervised by—what else in the age of Alexa?—algorithms. I've built a code-checking engine that is constantly looking over your shoulder, telling you when your code isn't quite right and asking you to re-code.
"I've signed up to a few sites like Udemy, Codecademy, FreeCodeCamp, Lynda, YouTube videos, even searched on Coursera but nothing seemed to work for me. This book takes only 10 minutes each chapter and after that, you can exercise what you've just learned right away!" —Amazon reviewer Constanza Morales
Better than just reading. And more fun.
You'll spend two to three times as much time practicing as reading. That's what it takes to learn to code. It's how you wind up satisfied, confident, and proud, instead of confused, discouraged, and defeated. And since many people find doing things more enjoyable than reading things, it can be a pleasure to learn this way, quite apart from the impressive results you achieve.
"Very effective and fun." —Amazon reviewer A. Bergamini
Written especially for beginners.
"The layman syntax he uses...makes it much easier to suddenly realize a concept that seemed abstract and too hard to wrap your head around is suddenly not complicated at all." — Amazon reviewer IMHO
"Mark Myers' method of getting what can be...difficult information into a format that makes it exponentially easier to consume, truly understand, and synthesize into real-world application is beyond anything I've encountered before." —Amazon reviewer Jason A. Ruby
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful.
Best way to learn, compared to codecademy.com or freecodecamp.com
By Amazon Customer
I have tried out Codecademy.com, freecodecamp.com, and snooped around on MDN.com (Mozilla Developer Network), they are all excellent resources but I think this is the most efficient way to learn a language. This book gives you exercises with instructions that are more similar to how you would approach a problem and subconsciously talk yourself through solving it. I also really enjoy that after each short chapter there is alot of exercises that require very specific answers as this helps me notice mistakes that would cause a problem when my code is executed.
Another good practice built into the exercises is that timed-response prompts in combination with the way the author asks a question, this helps you get practice solving problems in a more realistic feel. One last point to make about this resource compared to others is the way the exercises force you to build up your info and continuously recall it throughout subsequent chapters. To wrap up, the in-browser text editors of codecademy.com and freecodecamp.com are far superior in look and feel than the in-browser text editor for this book's exercises, but the questions and method of learning is much greater in this book in my opinion.
128 of 133 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.
9 of 9 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.