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- About this book
Just as children must learn the alphabet before they can read, future programmers must understand certain concepts before they can write their first program. This unique book uses full-color illustrations to help you truly understand the underlying computer science on which all programming is based.
Veteran programmer Dan Appleman provides a comprehensive, easy-to-understand explanation of computer programming, starting from a basic description of what a computer language is to coverage of how Internet programming works. The book shows you how to turn ideas into code and how to use algorithms to accomplish common tasks, and describes the basic function of compilers and interpreters.
- About the authors
Daniel Appleman is the president of Desaware Inc., a developer of add-on products and components for Microsoft Visual Studio, including SpyWorks, StateCoder, and the NT Service Toolkit for .NET languages and VB6. He is a cofounder of Apress, a publishing company specializing in high-quality professional level books for computer programmers and IT professionals. He is the author of numerous books, including Moving to VB .NET: Strategies, Concepts and Code, How Computer Programming Works, and Dan Appleman's Visual Basic Programmer's Guide to the Win32 API, and he is the author of a series of eBooks on .NET-related topics.
Here is what an enthusiastic reader said on Amazon.com:
"Even an experienced programmer would enjoy the book."
"All in all, How Computer Programming Works is an excellent treatise and great point of entry for computer science students, beginner programmers, or even those who are just curious about computer programming but who do not want to develop programs. Teachers should also get their hands on a copy - it's a superb example of how programming concepts can be explained without generating mass confusion. ..enhanced by Sarah Ishida's excellent illustrations. These work brilliantly alongside the writer's prose, and leave little excuse for not understanding these basic concepts."
(SA Computer Magazine) "I am sure that everyone knows of programs which would have been better if their authors had kept in mind some of the principles described here." (Computing)