Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Librarian's Introduction to Programming Languages

Thomsett-Scott, Beth (ed). The Librarian's Introduction to Programming Languages. Rowman & Littlefield, 2016. ISBN 978-1-4422-6333-8

The Librarian’s Introduction to Programming Languages presents case studies and practical
applications for using the top programming languages in library and information settings. While there are books and Web sites devoted to teaching programming, there are few works that address multiple programming languages or address the specific reasons why programming is a critical area of learning for library and information science professionals.

There are many books on programming languages but no recent items directly written for librarians that span a variety of programs. Many practicing librarians see programming as something for IT people or beyond their capabilities. This book will help these librarians to feel comfortable discussion programming with others by providing an understanding of when the language might be useful, what is needed to make it work, and relevant tools to extend its application. Additionally, the inclusion of practical examples lets readers try a small “app” for the language. This also will assist readers who want to learn a language but are unsure of which language would be the best fit for them in terms of learning curve and application.

Languages covered are:

  • JavaScript
  • PERL
  • PHP
  • SQL
  • Python
  • Ruby
  • C
  • C#
  • Java

This book is designed to provide a basic working knowledge of each language presented, case
studies which show the programming language used in real ways and resources for exploring
each language in more detail.