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Preface > The Book’s Text and Sample Code

The Book’s Text and Sample Code

When reading this book, you will encounter many small programming examples to illustrate the concepts. I prefer to use small coding examples, hopefully, just a few lines, to illustrate a point.

Personally, I seem to learn much more quickly and easily by tinkering with and tracing through short program segments than by studying a long, detailed example. The difficulty in tinkering with a long program is that changing a few lines can affect other portions of the code, to the point where the program will no longer run. Then you have to waste time trying to figure out why it won’t run.

I encourage you to follow along with the code examples by typing them in yourself. (Nevertheless, if you’d rather save yourself the typing, sample programs are available online; see Section P.7 later in this Preface.) Also, I encourage you to experiment -- it is definitely the best way to learn. However, to protect yourself, I strongly suggest that you use a throw-away workbook for your experimenting.


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