The Wide World of Coding: The People and Careers behind the Programs

Lerner/Twenty-First Century. Apr. 2020. 144p. Tr $37.32. ISBN 9781541552821.
Gr 7 Up–In the first few chapters, the author provides a succinct introduction to the field of computer programming. Readers learn about famous software developers, the types of jobs within the field, training and education required, and salaries. The text then describes specific types of programming languages and explains the process of computer programming using specific information and real-world examples. Balanced coverage is provided with the inclusion of topics such as the ethics associated with software development and the need for representation of women and people of color in the field. Graphs, charts, and images aid readers’ comprehension. The activities throughout the text correspond with the spotlighted topic and provide a practical understanding of how people use the logic and skills behind coding in everyday life. An answer key is provided. The addition of a time line of major events in coding, a glossary, source notes, a bibliography, recommendations for further reading, and an index make this book useful for research.
VERDICT A recommended purchase for libraries serving middle and high school students, especially ones with a focus on computer science, engineering, and technology.

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