The ultimate learn-by-doing approach
The book is extremely user-friendly. It assumes no programming experience. Chapters cover only as much as the average learner can absorb in ten minutes, so you’re never asked to eat an elephant. Explanations are in plain, nontechnical English that people of all backgrounds can readily understand. With ample coding examples and illustrations.
The most important part: free, online, interactive exercises paired with each chapter. Cognitive research shows that retention increases 400 percent when learners are challenged to retrieve the information they just read. You’ll spend two to three times as long practicing as reading. When you code incorrectly, you’ll get as many do-overs as you need, until you know it cold.
Testing showed that books and courses load up the reader with far too much information at a time. So I divide up the information into little chunks that won’t overwhelm you.
A book on coding doesn’t have to be written in impenetrable legalese. It can actually be human-readable. My book is.
People often learn best through examples, so I provide plenty of them.
Most important, before you have a chance to forget what you’ve read in the book, I ask you to fire up your desktop or laptop (not your mobile device) and head over to my website, where you run a set of interactive exercises, practicing everything you’ve learned—until you’re sure you’ve mastered it.
Readers tell me they often start the exercises thinking they’ve learned the latest lesson, and quickly find out they’re still a little shaky on it. The automated exercise manager protects you against this common learner delusion. It keeps you at it until your overconfidence becomes real confidence—confidence that’s based on your excellent performance. There are 1,750 exercises in all. They’re all interactive, with an automated answer-checker that corrects your missteps and points you in the right direction when you stumble. And they’re all free.
Thousands of readers have filled out feedback forms telling me that the combination of the book and interactive exercises is involving, fun, frustration-free, addictive, confidence-building, and…well, read the reviews.