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Pro Teaches programming fundamentals
Pro Free version available
An online version is available for free here.
Pro Easy to follow, conversational presentation style
The book is written in a friendly, conversational way and progresses in an easy to follow way.
Pro Online version has interactive exercises
Try them out directly in your browser.
Khan Academy is 100% free and does not require you to sign up in order to access the courses.
Pro Motivation through gamification
Users collect badges and points through completing missions, watching videos, adding comments and more.
Pro Q & A Section
There is a Q & A section after every video where you can ask questions there and let other users answer them.
This book is less useful to people that already are well versed in programming and just want to pick up another language to add to their portfolio as it covers a lot of fundamentals of programming that can be skipped by experienced programmers.
Con Requires fast learning in order to understand complex topics
From chapters one through five, the reader will find this book easy to follow and the topics and concepts steadily increase in complexity. However, once you enter the later chapters, you will require a more rounded understanding of the language and should certainly complement the book with other learning material.
Con Not a great place to start for those without programming experience
Con Limited programming courses