[Gridflow-dev] [Bookshelf] New Title: "Learn to Program" (fwd)

Mathieu Bouchard matju at artengine.ca
Sun Jan 22 03:51:45 EST 2006

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Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2006 13:09:19 -0500
From: Andy Hunt <andy at PragmaticBookshelf.com>
To: announce at lists.pragprog.com
Subject: [Bookshelf] New Title: "Learn to Program"


We're pleased to announce our latest title from the Pragmatic  
Bookshelf: Chris Pine's Learn To Program (US$19.95, ISBN 0-9766940-4-2).

Chris can teach anyone how to program: you, your spouse, your  
children, or non-programmers who work closely with the programming team.

THIS BOOK IS DIFFERENT from other introductory "learn how to program"  
books. Chris Pine teaches basic programming skills using Ruby, a  
remarkably easy-to-learn and use, modern, full-featured programming  

Languages such as Java come with a lot of extra baggage that gets in  
the way of teaching and learning. For instance, a simple program to  
print the words "Hello World" looks like this in Java:

     public static void main(String[] args) { System.out.println  
("Hello World"); }

There's a lot of stuff there that you need to explain to a beginner.  
But in Ruby, that same program looks like this:

     puts "Hello World"

Coupled with Ruby's full-strength, professional object-oriented  
approach and libraries, and you've got a real winner on your hands.

Chris tells us, "I discovered the Ruby programming language in early  
2001 and immediately began using it to build tools for my day job:  
programming computer games. After hours, I volunteered with gifted  
children teaching them advanced mathematics. With Ruby in hand, I  
began to teach programming as well." Once he saw how easily his  
students learned advanced programming concepts in this environment,  
he decided to expand his teaching materials into a book.

Starting with small, simple one-line programs to calculate your age  
in seconds, you'll see how to advance to fully structured, real  
programs. You'll learn the same technology used to drive modern  
dynamic websites and large, professional applications.

In other words, it's the pragmatic way to learn to program.

Learn to Program is available directly from  
www.pragmaticprogrammer.com/titles/fr_ltp and from bookstores around  
the world.

Our next upcoming titles include:

	* Pragmatic Ajax: A Web 2.0 Primer

	* Practices of An Agile Developer

	* Best of Ruby Quiz

and more!  Please visit us at www.pragmaticprogrammer.com for details.


Andy and Dave.

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