Head First Learn to Code: A Learner's Guide to Coding and Computational Thinking (英語) ペーパーバック – 2018/1/12
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What will you learn from this book?
It’s no secret the world around you is becoming more connected, more configurable, more programmable, more computational. You can remain a passive participant, or you can learn to code. With Head First Learn to Code you’ll learn how to think computationally and how to write code to make your computer, mobile device, or anything with a CPU do things for you. Using the Python programming language, you’ll learn step by step the core concepts of programming as well as many fundamental topics from computer science, such as data structures, storage, abstraction, recursion, and modularity.
Why does this book look so different?
Based on the latest research in cognitive science and learning theory, Head First Learn to Code uses a visually rich format to engage your mind, rather than a text-heavy approach that puts you to sleep. Why waste your time struggling with new concepts? This multi-sensory learning experience is designed for the way your brain really works.
Eric Freeman recently ended nearly a decade as a media company executive, having held the position of CTO of Disney Online & Disney.com at The Walt Disney Company. Eric is now devoting his time to WickedlySmart.com and lives with his wife and young daughter in Austin, TX. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Yale University.
As with the other books in the Head First series, this book is written in a conversational and engaging style. The subjects presented are scaffolded incredibly well and provide all of the guidance a beginner needs to develop confidence. The exercises peppered along the learner's journey are fun and clever. The examples are relevant and later chapters introduce Turtle, web services to plot the location of the International Space Station and Conway's Game of Life. As the conversation develops in each chapter, the narrative unfolds and the characters invite the learner to participate directly in the solution. I found myself looking forward to turning the page to see if my favorite character was going to appear next.
I will be using the text as a primary foundation for a high school course. It is well-suited for that purpose along with being very well-suited for an individual to pick up and learn independently at the pace of their choosing. This book is also a fun way to acquire Python when you already have some programming experience.
As a beginning coder, I cannot stress enough how appreciative I was of his fast, personal help.
I am sticking with the latter parts of my review, though, because, so far, some knit-picky stuff in the early chapters still grab my attention. As I get farther into the book and notice improvements upon my that specific issue, I will update again.
As of this writing, Sept 3, 2018, I am only giving this book a two-star rating, BECAUSE the very first big piece of code in which they guide you does not work. I downloaded the source code from their website; it, too, does not work. I sent them an email. Revisions will depend upon their response to my email and not this review. Also, another downgrade because it was about impossible to find ANY contact information. That, by the way, has become one of my first criteria when purchasing ANY computer book. No OBVIOUS contact information makes me suspicious.
If said error did not exist, I would give this book a solid 4.5. It does fairly a decent job of breaking down the thought process of coding for the beginner, but it often fails to specifically explain what a certain thing is doing or how Python interprets the symbol or word. The writers fall into the same trap all other writers for coding books fall into, they know so much that they do not realize what they are not saying. Of all of the books I have tried to study on the subject, this is still the best BY FAR. But it can still use some work. If you know something of computers, are resilient of mind, stout of heart and can take a few punches along the way. This book can teach you a lot. If you are scared of computers and see coding as something magical, DO NOT buy ANY book. Take a class.
Computers are dumb. They do exactly what you tell them to do; nothing more and nothing less. Computers are not like human beings in that humans can hear what someone instructed them to do and then guess or infer what the person really wanted.
Head First Learn to Code is truly the best book out there for someone who is just beginning to get into programming. It teaches you to think about breaking problems down into simpler tasks and then writing code for those simplified tasks. It gives you a great overview of all the technologies and resources available to advance as a coder.
Most computer books, (even supposed beginning ones) are written assuming the reader has more knowledge about coding than they actually do. Perpaps the expert writing the book has forgotten what they did and didn't know when they were a complete beginner.
A true educator knows the phases a begginer goes through on their way to mastery of a skill, and Dr. Eric Freeman excels at educating.