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O'Reilly Head First Learn to Code: A Learner's Guide to Coding and Computational Thinking 1st Edition


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Head First Learn to Code: A Learner's Guide to Coding and Computational Thinking


What will you learn from this book?

It's no secret the world around you is becoming more connected, more configurable, more programmable, more computational. You can remain a passive participant, or you can learn to code. With Head First Learn to Code youâ??ll learn how to think computationally and how to write code to make your computer, mobile device, or anything with a CPU do things for you. Using the Python programming language, youâ??ll learn step by step the core concepts of programming as well as many fundamental topics from computer science, such as data structures, storage, abstraction, recursion, and modularity.

Why does this book look so different?

Based on the latest research in cognitive science and learning theory, Head First Learn to Code uses a visually rich format to engage your mind, rather than a text-heavy approach that puts you to sleep. Why waste your time struggling with new concepts? This multi-sensory learning experience is designed for the way your brain really works.

About the Author
Eric is described by Head First series co-creator Kathy Sierra as "one of those rare individuals fluent in the language, practice and culture of multiple domains from hipster hacker, corporate VP, engineer, think tank." Professionally, Eric recently ended nearly a decade as a media company executive-having held the position of CTO of Disney Online at The Walt Disney Company. Eric is now devoting his time to WickedlySmart, a startup he co-created with Elisabeth Robson.

By training, Eric is a computer scientist, having studied with industry luminary David Gelernter during his Ph.D. work at Yale University. His dissertation is credited as the seminal work in alternatives to the desktop metaphor and also as the first implementation of activity streams, a concept he and Dr. Gelernter developed. In his spare time, Eric is deeply involved with music; you'll find Eric's latest project, a collaboration with ambient music pioneer Steve Roach, available on the iPhone app store under the name Immersion Station.

Eric lives with his wife and young daughter in Austin. His daughter is a frequent vistor to Eric's studio, where she loves to turn the knobs of his synths and audio effects. Eric's also passionate about kids education and nutrition and looking for ways to improve them.

 Table Of Contents

  1. Chapter 1: Getting Started: Thinking computationally
  2. Chapter 2: Know Your Value: Simple values, variables, and types
  3. Chapter 3: Decisive Code: Booleans, decisions, and loops
  4. Chapter 4: Providing Some Structure: Lists and iteration
  5. Chapter 5: Getting Functional: Functions and abstraction
  6. Chapter 4, part 2: Putting Some Order in Your Data: Sorting and nested iteration
  7. Chapter 6: Putting It All Together: Text, strings, and heuristics
  8. Chapter 7: Getting Modular: Modules, methods, classes, and objects
  9. Chapter 8: Beyond Iteration and Indices: Recursion and dictionaries
  10. Chapter 9: Persistence: Saving and retrieving files
  11. Chapter 10: You Really Should Get Out More: Using web APIs
  12. Chapter 11: Getting Interactive: Widgets, events, and emergent behavior
  13. Chapter 12: A Trip to Objectville: Object-oriented programming
  • Appendix: The Top Ten Topics (We Didn’t Cover): Leftovers

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