If you’re old enough to remember and enjoy them, Usborne’s giving away most of its of 80s-era programming books. If you’re not old enough, grab them anyway.
In 2016, you can learn programming in any number of visual environments that gently step you through simple concepts one at a time, but it wasn’t always like that.
When I was a lad it were all fields as far as the eye could see you learned programming from a book. Several books, actually, with titles like “Weird Computer Games”, “Computer Fun” or “Machine Code For Beginners”.
No, really, that was a book in the 80s. For kids.
And now they can be for everyone. Original publishers Usborne still make introductory computing books, but they’ve also decided to make their classic library of titles available as PDFs.
Update: Well, most of them. It’s still a pretty good deal.
How much would you pay, I hear you ask?
Fair enough — and apparently Usborne thinks that way too, as they’re available for personal use and download without so much as revealing your email address. Free, in other words. Free!
Just head over to Usborne’s site, click on a title that you either remember fondly (it probably hasn’t aged well, just like most of us) or want to discover anew.
Source: Usborne via The Register