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If you want to learn computer programming but don’t know which language to start with, this is the book for you! In just 24 lessons of one hour or less, any beginner can get a solid introduction to the basics of computer programming and learn to write simple programs for any platform—Windows, Mac, and mobile.
Using a straightforward, step-by-step approach, each lesson in this carefully crafted tutorial builds upon the previous one, allowing you to learn all the essentials of programming from the ground up.
Once you’ve mastered these fundamentals, the book introduces you to several of the most popular computer programming languages today and helps you decide which language to learn first.
Step-by-step instructions carefully walk you through the most common programming tasks. Practical, hands-on examples show you how to apply what you learn to create your own programs Quizzes and exercises at the end of each lesson help you test your knowledge and stretch your skills
Each chapter builds on material introduced earlier in the book, so you can master one core building block before moving on to the next. You’ll explore fundamental topics such as loops, arrays, objects, and classes, using the easy-to-learn Ruby programming language. Then you’ll put everything together in the last chapter by programming a simple game of tic-tac-toe.Learn how to write algorithms to solve real-world problemsUnderstand the basics of computer architectureExamine the basic tools of a programming languageExplore sequential, conditional, and loop programming structuresUnderstand how the array data structure organizes storageUse searching techniques and comparison-based sorting algorithmsLearn about objects, including how to build your ownDiscover how objects can be created from other objectsManipulate files and use their data in your software
The new addition to McGraw-Hill’s popular test prep series — 5 Steps to a 5: AP Computer Science 2017 provides a proven strategy to achieving high scores on this demanding Advanced Placement exam.
This logical and easy-to-follow instructional guide introduces an effective 5-step study plan to help students build the skills, knowledge, and test-taking confidence they need to reach their full potential. The book helps students master both multiple-choice and free-response questions and offers comprehensive answer explanations and sample responses. Written by three AP Computer Science master teachers, this insider’s guide reflects the latest course syllabus and includes 3 full-length practice exams, plus the most up-to-date scoring information.3 full-length practice exams BONUS interactive AP Planner app delivers a customized study schedule and extra practice questions to students’ mobile devices The 5 Steps to a 5 series has prepared millions of students for success
The 5 Steps to a 5: AP Computer Science 2017 effective 5-step plan breaks down test preparation into stages: 1. Set Up Your Study Program 2. Determine Your Test Readiness 3. Develop Strategies for Success 4. Develop the Knowledge You Need to Score High 5. Build Your Test-Taking Confidence.