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I bought the book Learn to Program by Chris Pine on my iPad, I will be travelling for about two days so want to read this book and learn to program obviously but won't have access to a computer so is it worth reading this book while travelling? I flicked through it and has some exercises so was wondering what I should do. thanks

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The important thing to do when learning to program is not to read, but to write code based on what you read. For such a short stretch, consider it an initial reading. – user1249 Jul 26 '11 at 12:28
Check out apps such as Code To Go on the iPad - also web sites such as - these will let you experiment with simple programs in various different programming languages when you don't have access to a "real" computer. – Paul R Jul 26 '11 at 14:25
I won't have Internet connection :( – orange Jul 26 '11 at 19:47

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I would read through it, but be prepared to go through it again with a focus on working the exercises now that you understand the theory. This may be a better way to go about reading a programming book in the long run. The tough part would be resisting writing code. It's a nice feeling when you get new things to work.

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+1 for the tough part. You feel restless if you see code and you cant implement it! – hangar18 Jul 26 '11 at 13:27
Ok thanks. Will defo go over it when I'm at my desktop. – orange Jul 26 '11 at 19:48

I think you don't need a PC, IDE or even text editor to read Ruby code. Ruby syntax is very natural and that book is written in Ruby so go ahead. It's a nice book and enjoyable.

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Thank you, so it is defeitnly a good book to read and learn from? With out the need to worry about not having a PC? :) – orange Jul 26 '11 at 11:41
I'm a C and Objective-C primarily developer. But learn ruby with that book. Also has good tips about software design principles. – Randolf Rincón Fadul Jul 26 '11 at 11:42

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