Learn Programming in 24 Hours Book Review by Writing Specialists

Learn Programming in 24 Hours
This paper discusses the book "Sam's Teach Yourself Visual Basic in 24 Hours" that claims to teach complex programming skills in 24 hours.
# 92604 | 2,755 words | 1 source | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Feb 25, 2007 in Computer and Technology (Programming) , English (Argument) , English (Analysis)

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The paper challenges the assumption that the Visual Basic self-help book can teach some of the most complex programming skills in a short 24 hours. The paper discusses the major drawbacks of this book, including the faulty assumption that each chapter is just one hour, the fact that it doesn't go into great enough depth on advanced functions and that there is nothing on data integration or XML. The paper explains that this book needs to be at least four books in a series, but the publisher wanted to drive up the perceived value to the reader and therefore the price of the book. The "Teach Yourself in 24 Hours" has alluring and broad market potential. The paper concludes that the book should be called "Mastering Visual Basic" instead and the key points on programming and integration should be included.

24 Hours Assumes The Perfect Storm for Learning
The book's Most Major Flaws

From the Paper:

"Even the most advanced students who are ready for tackling this book would take at least a week's worth of accumulated time testing, verifying, and learning the concepts of the book. When the publishers state learning the subject in 24 hours, they are only speaking of time-on-task, not the ability to comprehend and use the insights gained.
"If this sounds like the publishers are over-committing and under-delivering, they are. It may take an accumulated time of 24 hours to read the book, yet comprehending and applying the complex concepts of this book will take at a minimum days for the most advanced students, to weeks for those just learning a programming language."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Walsh (1998) - A Technical Introduction to XML. O'Rielly Publishing XML Website. Essential Section on XML. Retrieved from the Internet on September 19, 2006 from: http://www.xml.com/pub/a/98/10/guide0.html

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