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Coding For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-95130-9
288 pages
February 2015
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Coding For Dummies (9781118951309) is now being published as Coding For Dummies (9781119293323). While this version features an older Dummies cover and design, the content is the same as the new release and should not be considered a different product.

Hands-on exercises help you learn to code like a pro

No coding experience is required for Coding For Dummies, your one-stop guide to building a foundation of knowledge in writing computer code for web, application, and software development. It doesn't matter if you've dabbled in coding or never written a line of code, this book guides you through the basics. Using foundational web development languages like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, it explains in plain English how coding works and why it's needed.

Online exercises developed by Codecademy, a leading online code training site, help hone coding skills and demonstrate results as you practice.

The site provides an environment where you can try out tutorials built into the text and see the actual output from your coding. You'll also gain access to end-of-chapter challenges to apply newly acquired skills to a less-defined assignment. So what are you waiting for?

  • The current demand for workers with coding and computer science skills far exceeds the supply
  • Teaches the foundations of web development languages in an easy-to-understand format
  • Offers unprecedented opportunities to practice basic coding languages
  • Readers can access online hands-on exercises and end-of-chapter assessments that develop and test their new-found skills

If you're a student looking for an introduction to the basic concepts of coding or a professional looking to add new skills, Coding For Dummies has you covered.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Coding 5

Chapter 1: What Is Coding? 7

Chapter 2: Programming for the Web 19

Chapter 3: Becoming a Programmer 33

Part II: Building the Silent and Interactive Web Page 41

Chapter 4: Exploring Basic HTML 43

Chapter 5: Getting More Out of HTML 59

Chapter 6: Getting Stylish with CSS 75

Chapter 7: Next Steps with CSS 97

Chapter 8: Working Faster with Twitter Bootstrap 119

Chapter 9: Adding in JavaScript 135

Part III: Putting Together a Web Application 157

Chapter 10: Building Your Own App 159

Chapter 11: Researching Your First Web Application 171

Chapter 12: Coding and Debugging Your First Web Application 187

Part IV: Developing Your Coding Skills Further 197

Chapter 13: Getting Familiar with Ruby 199

Chapter 14: Wrapping Your Head around Python 213

Part V: The Part of Tens 227

Chapter 15: Ten Free Resources for Coding and Coders 229

Chapter 16: Ten Tips for Novice Coders 237

Index 245

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Author Information

Nikhil Abraham was Director of Business Development & Growth at Codecademy. In that role he taught and trained thousands of beginning coders across a variety of professions. He helped refine Codecademy's online courses, which have introduced basic coding skills to millions of learners.

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Press Release

February 25, 2015
Coding For Dummies Published in Partnership with Codecademy

Wiley, in partnership with Codecademy, today announces Coding For Dummies® (978-1-118-95130-9, February 2015, $29.99) from the world’s bestselling reference series. Coding For Dummies explores the basics of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Ruby and Python and features online exercises from Codecademy, the leading online provider of skills education.

Coding For Dummies is designed for readers with little to no coding experience. Using foundational web development languages like HTML, CSS and JavaScript, the book explains how coding works and why it's needed. Accompanying the book are examples from Codecademy, whose exercises are one of the easiest ways to learn how to code.

"Coding is everywhere – running apps on our phones, powering our favorite websites, and popping up in conversations at school and at work," said author Nikhil Abraham. "Coding For Dummies makes coding accessible by explaining the big picture and walking you through projects that you code right in your browser. I love seeing what people create and share once they start coding."

Coding For Dummies offers HTML basics, techniques for styling web pages with CSS, tips on coding with JavaScript and jQuery to bring websites alive and examples to practice your skills at Codecademy.com.

Coding For Dummies is available for purchase online and at retailers nationwide in both print and all e-book formats. For a full list of retailers, visit www.dummies.com/buy/9781118951309. To request a review copy or author interview, contact Chantal Kowalski at ckowalski@wiley.com.

About the Author

Nikhil Abraham was Director of Business Development & Growth at Codecademy. In that role he taught and trained thousands of beginning coders across a variety of professions. He helped refine Codecademy’s online courses, which have introduced basic coding skills to millions of learners.

About For Dummies®

After 20 years, more than 250 million copies printed, and millions of e-books downloaded, For Dummies is the world’s bestselling reference series, well known for enriching people’s lives by making knowledge accessible in a fun and easy way.  Loyal customers around the globe agree that For Dummies is “more than a publishing phenomenon … [it is] a sign of the times,” [The New York Times].  With more than 1,800 active topics covering everything from health to history, music to math, sports to self-help, technology to travel, For Dummies is dedicated to Making Everything Easier. The For Dummies brand presence continues to expand wherever there is a need to know, including e-books, mobile apps, e-learning courses, a corporate custom publishing program, a robust consumer website and a licensed product line that includes consumer electronics, culinary, crafts, video, software, musical instrument packs, home improvement, automotive, game and more.  For more information, visit Dummies.com. For Dummies is a branded imprint of Wiley.

About Codecademy

Codecademy is the easiest way for anyone to learn the skills they need to find a job.  More than 25 million students around the world have used Codecademy to learn everything from how to build a website to the intricacies of JavaScript.  The company has worked with governments in the United States, the United Kingdom, and elsewhere to bring programming education to schools, and with unemployment and training organizations to help train the unemployed.  Codecademy has been recognized as a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer and a TIME Top 50 website.  For more information, visit codecademy.com. 

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