This Book is for Students

This chapter introduces the approach used in this book and offers some quick “teasers” of things we’ll be doing later. Don’t worry if you don’t understand the code (programs - instructions that a computer can understand) that you see in this chapter. We’ll go through things much more slowly in the next few chapters. This book is intended for students who haven’t programmed before. If you are a teacher then send email to cslearn4u@gmail.com to get access to the teacher edition of this book which contains several features just for teachers.

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This electronic book is different because it uses examples plus practice. Most computer science books are about becoming professional software developers (people who write programs for a living). Most computer science courses require you to write lots of code. This book helps students learn how programming without making you write lots of code. It will use the programming language Python which is used by companies like Google and Pixar.

students in a computer classroom

Figure 1: Students in a computer classroom

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