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I also read the last quarter-ish of the book after taking a 6 month coding bootcamp immersive course, so it was all much more familiar. Written in small portions, the chapters are manageable in under half an hour for the most part. This means that people could conceivably do a chapter a day and finish Full disclosure: This means that people could conceivably do a chapter a day and finish the book in about three months. Pretty short when you consider this is teaching you a new language. I will say that the chapter stop being manageable in under half an hour around chapter That's when it got more complicated, at least for me.
That said, I think it's still a manageable set of tasks that each chapter sets forth. The book is particularly invaluable given the corresponding online exercises that the author has devised and made available. It's not quite the gameified approach that CodeCademy takes, but it's close. There's some timed exercises along with some regular ones. I think the way that the exercises are laid out makes sense: After that, he moves on to even more complicated and sets you a time limit.
Very great book so easy to understand. May 15, Donald Mitchell rated it it was amazing. Excellent for its stated purpose Explanations are thorough without being overwhelming.
He explains what items are optional, variable, and required.
This book is a good start, but only a start. Jul 16, Steven Dyk rated it did not like it Shelves: There are better - much better - books and online resources available for learning JS. Dec 27, Sikhosana Dhliwayo rated it really liked it. Great approach to learning and Wonderful exercises I have used several books to learn different programming languages but the approach used in this book is excellent.
Hats off to Mr Myers! Jun 09, Shannon Callahan rated it liked it.
The book is broken down into small parts—which make it easier to digest the material. Jun 13, Kyle rated it it was amazing. Great book! Easy and fast way to learn a coding language.
Oct 14, Delhi Irc added it Shelves: Nov 03, HY M rated it really liked it. Short, concise chapters.
Unless like the author of Learn Python The Hard Way he simply feels that seeing lots of code and then following the instructions will make you a better programmer this worked for me with Python btw. I also feel there are much more in depth books available so I wouldn't recommend this book if you're just starting out though it wouldn't hurt.
The user doesn't get to use a real syntax-highlighting editor like they would for a real project.
Despite my objections to the online exercises, I felt that the content of the book was useful and I feel like I learned a lot, but I'm not sure if it was worth the price over some of the better free online-only options. Feb 08, Marlous rated it really liked it. Sep 10, Chris Bracco rated it liked it. This was a solid book for learning syntax, and very basic programming concepts and techniques. It was not very exciting, in that you don't actually build anything useful in the exercises.
The format is to read a chapter for 10 minutes, and then do some exercises.
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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: Cognitive research shows that retention increases 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 le. SlideShare Explore Search You. Submit Search. Successfully reported this slideshow. We use your LinkedIn profile and activity data to personalize ads and to show you more relevant ads.
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