Books for beginners in programming

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by Jens Ulrik, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. Jens Ulrik macrumors newbie

    Apr 14, 2009
    Hello everyone,

    I am a beginner in programming, in fact I've never tried it before.
    My question is, what books I should invest in?

    If the books contain some examples of programming that would be perfect :)
  2. Sander macrumors 6502

    Apr 24, 2008
    I think it depends on your previous experience and your "type of learning". Some learn best by example and like something which works, while the understanding can come later; others need to understand everything they type in or they'll become stuck.

    Disclaimer: I wrote an introductionary computer programming book myself.
  3. Awesomeness macrumors member

    Feb 12, 2009

    Books are very helpful. Books are hugely helpful. If you want to start programming, and you want to start easy, I'd suggest you try Python. However, later on you may want to switch over to Java. Java is a bit harder, but learning it first would definitely help in he long run. Remember, start with books and simple tutorials, don't go big too fast. That's my recommendation. Good luck! :D
  4. LtRammstein macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2006
    Denver, CO

    I recommend buy a REFERENCE book. Like most computer science professors will tell you, the book is obsolete when it's published.

    Look for tutorials online would be the best for any beginner. Heck, I did that!
  5. djourd macrumors member

    Dec 15, 2008
    Deitel has very good books for beginning programers. That how I started.
  6. larswik macrumors 68000

    Sep 8, 2006
    I started with Objective-C and it was to hard. I ended up learning Python and I got the book 'Python Programing Second Edition' I am half way through the book and it has not been that hard to follow. So far this has been a great book for someone starting out like me.

  7. Cromulent macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
    How so? Most of my C books where published in the early 90's and they are certainly not out of date. Heck "The C Programming Language 2nd Edition" was published in 1989 and it is my most read computer book.
  8. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    I have to agree programming books don't really go obsolete.

    I started out learning x86 assembler...NOT recommended :)

    As others have stated if your super new to programming its best not to get discouraged right away and certain languages, while useful, have a ton to cover (C++ I'm looking at you).

    I would suggest starting with Python, learn it and learn it well, then switch to Java like a previous poster mentioned. Every computer language is fundamentally the same for the most part, its just the syntax that changes.
  9. RedTomato macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2005
    .. London ..
    Anything except ABC. (*)

    I burned my copy after leaving college.

    * A Book on C. If the title is a lame pun, that's usually a bad sign. Shame it was our set text.

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