Nov 19, 2018

NEW ARRIVAL: A Concise Introduction to Programming in Python 2nd Edition Mark J. Johnson

"I received a free copy of the book in exchange for writing a review"

What can I say, I love to code! So today I got an awesome book that just arrived in my mailbox. Couldn't wait to share this newly released book called A Concise Introduction to Programming in Python, 2nd Edition by Mark J. Johnson. Now, this is the second edition, so it's definitely up-to-date and provides a bit more added information that the first did not. Plus, what really made me curious to read this book and learn Python is because I really enjoyed learning JavaScript and when trying an app that was done in Python, it made me curious to try it out. Also, cause the two coding programs are quite similar, JavaScript and Python. On that note, I must say after trying so many coding programs, I have noticed each is similar to one another in some way or work together.

So why this book? Well, I figured that this book should really be useful at guiding me to understand it so much better. Since it is a small book, not huge but perfect for a quick resource to answer and train me in learning Python. Oh yes, by the way, don't let the size fool you. It is a small book, not a gigantic 600-page textbook, but instead a small and simple introduction to Python. It is small but packs in a lot of examples, exercises, and guidance that is must need for a beginner. Plus, plenty of details that don't cause for confusing when starting out.

Shortly, I'll be putting my head into this book, but figure I let you get a quick view of the new coding book that just arrived. I am hoping that this will give me the best results and make learning and using Python a-piece-of-cake! Finally, if coding is something that may interest you or you want to teach coding to your class, well these books found on CRC Press are packed with plenty of new ones coming out each month, in all types of STEM-related topics. They have a great range of books and I can say that each is very well made. I haven't yet found a book that wasn't useful and hasn't given me what I needed to learn a new coding program or understand one better.

Author Information:
Mark J. Johnson is a professor of computer science and mathematics at Central College in Pella, Iowa, where he holds the Ruth and Marvin Denekas Endowed Chair in Science and Humanities. Mark is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.D., mathematics) and St. Olaf College. He is the author of A Concise Introduction to Data Structures using Java, also published by Chapman & Hall/CRC Press.

Book Information:

  • Chapman and Hall/CRC 
  • Published March 30, 2018 
  • Textbook - 209 Pages - 23 B/W Illustrations 
  • ISBN 9781138082588 - CAT# K34500
  • Series: Chapman & Hall/CRC Textbooks in Computing

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Nov 17, 2018

JavaScript - Revealing the Secret Message by a Press of a Button - coding, programming, secret, mystery, fun, practice, learning

JavaScript is not only fun for coding games or programs but can be used just for fun to send a quick message to others with the press of a button. The message can be anything, but with a click of the button, anyone will be happy to see what the revealed message would be. All with the use of a button and function using JavaScript, HTML and for some design, CSS. Once clicked, the message will be revealed, using a small code, nothing big. However, it very much fun to create! 

Linux - study programming, learn coding, books and a little bit of everything else!

"I received a free copy of these two books in exchange for writing a review"

Often it can be fun to read and learn things you never knew before. This could come in the form of reading a book or quick research online. Other times, it could be word-of-mouth. However, the difficulty can come when one isn't grasping the concept or understand what is actually being explained. Unless you try doing it for yourself. This can include so many things, especially coding and programming!

Honestly, I feel for this, there is one solution. Study that book, hard copy or ebook and then also practice practice practice! In my experience, I have read plenty of books but always find one book doesn't always help on its own. Most times I need another or to still look online for more help and research. Of course, this doesn't always have to be for coding but learning to work with tools, understanding electronics, figuring out what each stitch is when crocheting or knitting and many others. They all can be quite hard to understand right away until my mind can absorb the material and explained details told to me.

At this moment, I'm learning Linux and still trying to understand it, but what does really helps is having a book that allows you to practical examples, exercises, and projects. So not only do I get a chance to learn about Linux and understand what it takes to add, remove, create and so on, but I get to practice by putting my knowledge into action. This to me is a perfect way to learn, and so can be learning online and doing practice games and quizzes to help get that brain focusing and understanding everything with ease.  
So to start off, always research and search for the right book or sight. Since there are many out there and most are good for one but not always for another. However, when that right book or better yet, books are found and websites that provide clear info, well you'll know and it will make this entire learning process a piece of 🎂!

Now here are some great books. These are on my highly recommended books to learn about Linux. They both help one understand it from beginning to end and provide plenty of examples and practice exercises to get one actually using what they are learning into action. Plus, these two just were recently released this year and I have given a few reviews on each, but the final review is listed below too. You can find the links to the site to find the books on the review page as well.

Linux: The Textbook, 2nd Edition
Syed Mansoor Sarwar, Robert M Koretsky

Mastering Modern Linux
2nd Edition 
by Paul S. Wang

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