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What book would be valuable to someone self-taught?
There is some online stuff...
You could google "MIT intro to computer science online" they start in Python. They have PDFs and class videos online.
Standford also does this. They start programing in "Karel" It's a robot you run around and it starts with I think four instructions. One is you can only turn left. So, you make a subroutine to turn right with three turn lefts. etc.. They don't want the language to distract you from the concepts. They then move on to Python.
google "Standford online introduction to computer science"
Also, "Khan Academy" has a section on Python.
Good Luck, Rob
I cheated and got the answer.
First I asked answers.com "what is the best programming language to learn?"
And the answer is: c
what is the best book to learn c?
answer is: Rather than a book, try googling for C TUTORIAL.
Let me put it this way, Mr. Amor. The 9000 series is the most reliable computer ever made. No 9000 computer has ever made a mistake or distorted information. We are all, by any practical definition of the words, foolproof and incapable of error.