Exercises for Programmers Book Review

Ben Everard changes out of his Lycra – these are different exercises.

Author Brian P Hogan Publisher Pragmatic Bookshelf Price £15.99 ISBN 978-1680501223

How long does it take to learn a new language? The answer to this question really depends on what you mean by learn a language. A decent programmer can probably pick up the syntax and basic usage of a new language In a weekend. After a month, they should be fairly comfortable. However, It can take a long time to really get you head around all the little bits that you need to know.

Musicians practise scales, so perhaps programmers should practise the routine parts of their craft as well.

Musicians practise scales, so perhaps programmers should practise the routine parts of their craft as well.

Exercises for Programmers Is a set of challenges that are designed to cover every area of a language so that when you’ve covered them, you’ll be able to program comfortably in that language. The tasks are there to test your knowledge of a language, not your skill as a programmer, so you won’t need to come up with any novel algorithms or tricks to get through this book. The result Is a slightly pedestrian set of exercises which didn’t really excite us.

Exercises for Programmers takes you through everything from creating user Interfaces to using web services for the purpose of getting data, all to force you to search through all the features, libraries and modules of your chosen language. These exercises should work with any language regardless of paradigm.

A useful, but slightly dull, workout to help you make sure you have a complete grasp of a new language.

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