Since I didn’t think I could read the book and write a review any time soon, to help them promote what I believe is a valuable book for anyone who solves problems with code, I offered to give away two copies on my site, and they gladly agreed.
(The description below is taken from the book’s product page on No Starch Press)
The real challenge of programming isn’t learning a language’s syntax—it’s learning to creatively solve problems so you can build something great. In this one-of-a-kind text, author V. Anton Spraul breaks down the ways that programmers solve problems and teaches you what other introductory books often ignore: how to Think Like a Programmer. Each chapter tackles a single programming concept, like classes, pointers, and recursion, and open-ended exercises throughout challenge you to apply your knowledge. You’ll also learn how to:
- Split problems into discrete components to make them easier to solve
- Make the most of code reuse with functions, classes, and libraries
- Pick the perfect data structure for a particular job
- Master more advanced programming tools like recursion and dynamic memory
- Organize your thoughts and develop strategies to tackle particular types of problems
Although the book’s examples are written in C++, the creative problem-solving concepts they illustrate go beyond any particular language; in fact, they often reach outside the realm of computer science. As the most skillful programmers know, writing great code is a creative art—and the first step in creating your masterpiece is learning to Think Like a Programmer.
And as a relevant side point here, the book has a 4½-star rating on Amazon. If you don’t win the contest and would like to buy the book, if you purchase the print version of the book directly from No Starch Press, you’ll get a free copy of the E-Book version with your purchase (EPUB, MOBI, and PDF).
2 Prizes: Print+E-Book and E-Book only
The contest has two copies up for grabs. To the first winner, No Starch Press will mail (with free shipping) a print copy of the book plus access to the e-book version, which includes EPUB, MOBI, and PDF versions. The winner of the second prize will get only the E-Book version.
The print copy will be mailed directly by No Starch Press, and both E-Book versions will be made available via creating an account for the winners on the No Starch Press website.
How To Win
To qualify to win a copy of the book, you need to do the following:
- Tweet about this post and include a link to your tweet in your comment. The tweet needs to include the title of this post (“Book Giveaway: Think Like a Programmer”) plus a link to this post (http://www.impressivewebs.com/book-giveaway-think-like-a-programmer), which can be a shortened link
- Post a comment below and tell me something funny about programming. It can be whatever you want. Something you made up, a joke, a limerick, a riddle, even a link to something funny — anything (without being vulgar or obscene!)
- Include a valid email address when you post your comment. Your email address will not be published, it’s just so I can contact you if you win
The winners will be the two most creative/interesting/funny comments, and I will be the final judge as to who wins. And of course, you have to include the link to your tweet so I can verify that you did in fact tweet the article.
The contest will remain open until midnight EST on September 30, 2012.