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Nauka programowania dla początkujących: podejście graficzne
Coding course for beginners: graphic approach

Author(s): Diana Domańska, Krzysztof Gdawiec
Subject(s): Information Architecture, Electronic information storage and retrieval, Other, ICT Information and Communications Technologies
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: Coding course; Processing; Coding
Summary/Abstract: ”The present book is a light introduction into the world of computer programming. It turns out that we do not have to be computer geniuses to learn to code. Most people have a limited knowledge about the construction and functioning of a car or a motorbike, but still it does not prevent them from sitting behind the wheel and driving. We do not have to know the basic construction and functioning of computers in order to be able to make use of them. Coding is a similar case. Today we have many different programming languages to choose from. We can start learning to use any of them, but in the case of some languages this process is going to be easier, while in the case of others – more difficult. A Chinese proverb says ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’, and this is why we are going to focus on a programming language which is particularly orientated towards creating pictures. The language in question is Processing. It is a dialect of Java, the most popular programming language (October 2016) according to TIOBE1 ranking. Processing has been designed especially for artists, thanks to which it is very easy to learn. The best way of learning to code is writing programmes as often as possible. The mere reading of the book will not make you proficient as far as coding is concerned. Thus, while reading, you are advised to re-write the exemplary programmes, modify them and use as an encouragement to write your own. If you follow this advice, after finishing the book you will surely know a lot about the process of coding. You may not be a coding guru, but still you will learn the basic skills of computer programming and you will possess the knowledge enabling you to follow different paths. Maybe in future you will even become a professional programmer, which we wish for you. The book has been aimed at those who do not have any previous experience with coding, therefore many concepts are discusses in great detail. For the readers who do have some programming background it may seem to be boring, but they also can find something valuable in this book: they will have a chance to learn the basics of the Processing language. Readers are not required to be familiar with any advanced tools. The only requirements are the elementary knowledge of mathematics and the willingness to learn to code. Despite the fact that in the book the coding is taught by means of Processing language, the acquired knowledge will facilitate to move on to learn other programming languages, such as C, C++, C# or Java”. (from The Introduction)

  • E-ISBN-13: 978-83-226-3130-0
  • Print-ISBN-13: 978-83-226-3129-4
  • Page Count: 212
  • Publication Year: 2017
  • Language: Polish