The ultimate learn-by-doing approach
Written for beginners with no knowledge of programming, with an emphasis on understanding and memorizing correct syntax. Step-by-step, you learn fundamentals like variables, conditionals, and looping as well as some tricky concepts including variable scope, constructors and prototypes. Many readers say the book made it possible for them to learn when nothing else worked.
The book is extremely user-friendly. 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: #24571 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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121 of 126 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.
8 of 8 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.
7 of 7 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.