The full title is "Annie's CS101, A Charting Approach to Computer Programming." This is an interesting approach to an introductory programming course -- the target is for younger learners (although not children), and it focuses on the thought process behind conceiving of a programming problem and solving it. The language of instruction is Python, although this is not really a Python book.
This is an odd little book I encountered while browsing related titles on Lulu, and I felt I had to check it out.
The book follows a fairly conventional approach to programming, with an emphasis on procedural code, control structures, and data structures. It approaches a series of simple example problems in a friendly, if somewhat quirky, way, and then breaks them down into flow charts, pseudocode, and then python.
Chapter headings are written in a very idiosyncratic way, miming python syntax expressions.
Overall, this book has a lot of personality. The author does sometimes digress from the point, use strained analogies, or in a few spots, become self-congratulatory or condescending. These oddities suggest to me that the book could've done with another editing pass -- possibly by another person.
However, as self-published monographs go, it's very good work. I have a little bit of an old-fashioned feel about this one, as it is rather similar to the books from which I learned BASIC and Fortran many years ago.
I can recommend this book as a good choice for someone with the patience to approach programming at a sedate pace and work steadily through it.
Professionals looking for a quick introduction will likely get frustrated with it, though.
The book is very inexpensive, available for download or in print directly from the Lulu site.
|Title||Annie's CS101, A Charting Approach to Comptuer Programming|
|Publisher||Self-Published / Lulu|
|ISBN||N/A, Lulu ID: 399991|
|Over all score||5|