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How to Count (Programming for Mere Mortals Book 1) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Steven Frank

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"Programming for Mere Mortals" is a series of books designed to introduce the concepts of programming from the ground up to a reader who has never written a line of code.

Unlike most programming books which aim to teach you a particular language or operating system, this series focuses on the core fundamentals that are common to programming any computer.

In a laid-back, conversational tone, "How to Count" introduces you to math topics that are essential to becoming a successful programmer, including:

- Numeric bases (decimal, binary, hexadecimal)
- Signed vs. unsigned numbers
- Floating point and fixed point arithmetic

This short, easily understood book will quickly get you thinking like a programmer.

Steven Frank has been a professional programmer since 1994, and co-founded the well-known Mac software company Panic, Inc.


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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 59 Seiten
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Essential information brilliantly explained 22. Juli 2011
Von benjymc - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is not a book just for techies or programmers or computer scientists, it's for anybody who interacts with computers which today means pretty much everybody.

I've read programming books and how-to guides and even a couple of books on computer science but they either didn't address basic concepts or did so only as a precursor to more "practical" information. "How To Count" benefits from being focused on one small but crucial subject: what computers do with numbers. Steven Frank explains all concepts clearly and concisely with just the right amount of detail, packing a lot of education (and even entertainment) into a very short book. Now that I've read it I'm already thinking about computers differently and with a deeper understanding.

Now I can answer questions like: why is the volume of my hard drive measured in gigabytes? Why was it so hard writing that computer script that involved fractional numbers? Why is my 10mbps internet connection so much slower than I thought it would be? What the heck is going on inside my computer anyway? I work with computers every day but couldn't really answer these questions until I read "How to Count".

I can't wait to read the next book in this new series.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good, but not as illuminating as I'd hoped. 25. Juli 2011
Von M. D. Harper - Veröffentlicht auf
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I'll start with the good things. Steve Frank's How to Count is concise and clear. The topics are presented with authority and are generally easy to understand even as a total novice.

My only complaint with the book is that it doesn't really make it clear why you need to know these things. The book does make it clear why these concepts exist and provides a few examples of ways that they are used, but without first-hand experience of floating point rounding errors I'm not able to place the book's knowledge. Perhaps this will be more useful when I'm on the other side of the fence and have experience in some programming, but currently it's just a concept unassociated with practical application.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Concise and Interesting 29. Juli 2011
Von Simon G. - Veröffentlicht auf
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Steven Frank's How to Count fills an interesting niche. It takes some elementary (but tricky!) programming concepts and tries to explain them in simple human terms. In general it succeeds, though a few ideas landed less clearly for me than others (big endian vs. little endian vs. huh?).

I think your enjoyment and response to this material will depend a lot on your background. I'm a techy but not a programmer, so to me this felt like a fun exploration of how the devices I use everyday think and compute. It was enlightening and certainly worth the modest asking price, even if I'm not sure where I could possibly use my newfound knowledge of hexadecimal and binary.

If you're a nerd, but not a programmer, this is worth looking at. I'm quite interested to see where this series of short books is going and what concepts and ideas Mr. Frank will tackle next.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Teaches the elusive binary and megabit 16. August 2011
Von Sam Katz - Veröffentlicht auf
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I have taken courses in computer networking and in computer programming. I have struggled because I was worried about the mathematical elements, and because they didn't make sense to me. I echo the comments here that anyone who feels like they might be ripped off by a sales person or Internet Service Provider, even if they don't desire to write computer software, should read this book. It may be a harder read if you are not approaching it desiring to learn computer programming, but it is well worth it.

Binary just so you know is useful in computer networking and computers in general. The example he uses in the book about the difference between the PowerPC (old Mac) processors, and the Intel processors that almost all PCs use today was also illuminating, and helps explain why the transition required special software, and didn't always work, and why conversion is slow for some companies like Intuit.

I can't wait for the sequel.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A great start for all levels of mathematic understanding. 11. August 2011
Von Tech and Ramen - Veröffentlicht auf
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At first I was worried that Steven Frank's book would be too elementary for me, especially after taking 5 variations of Calculus in college. After an hour read through, I was pleasantly surprised. The math concepts were easy enough, but it was the philosophy and reasoning behind the math that I found illuminating. I've always been interested in programming; however I've failed to find a satisfactory theoretical introduction until now. Frank starts with the smallest piece of information possible, a single bit, and begins to weave the groundwork for a much deeper understanding of computers. This first book in the series won't teach you code or neat tricks because that's what Google is for, but it will start to clear the shroud that surrounds programming and computer theory.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who has at least the slightest interest in computers or programming. I can't wait for the next in the series!
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