Q: "Best" book for teaching

John Yeung gallium.arsenide at gmail.com
Wed Apr 8 01:34:55 CEST 2009


On Apr 6, 10:37 am, grkunt... at gmail.com wrote:
> I am considering teaching an "introduction to programming"
> course for continuing education adults at a local community
> college. These would people with no programming experience,
> but I will require a reasonable facility with computers.
>
> What would be a good book to use as the text for the course?

For an extremely gentle introduction, perhaps take a look at _Python
Programming for the Absolute Beginner_ by Michael Dawson:

  http://www.amazon.com/Python-Programming-Absolute-Beginner-Michael/dp/1592000738

A coworker of mine recently bought this book, which is how I found out
about it.  Besides assuming no programming experience, it tries to
stay interesting through the use of simple games for its examples
(eventually building up to the use of the popular pygame library).
The writing style is definitely more "fun" than "academic".

John



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