The Librarian's Introduction to Programming Languages

A LITA Guide

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  • 9781442263321
  • 9781442263345
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 discussing 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.

The languages covered are JavaScript, PERL, PHP, SQL, Python, Ruby, C, C#, and Java. This book is designed to provide a basic working knowledge of each language presented. Case studies show the programming language used in real ways, and resources for exploring each language in more detail are also included.
  • Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; June 2016
  • ISBN 9781442263345
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  • Title: The Librarian's Introduction to Programming Languages
  • Author: Beth Thomsett-Scott (ed.)
  • Imprint: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781442263321
  • 9781442263345

In The Press

Librarian’s Introduction to Programming Languages is the best thing I've seen written for librarians who want to know why computer programming is important in libraries. Libraries are about many things. Some of those things are data and information. Computers excel at creating, storing, manipulating, and disseminating data and information. The intersection of these two worlds is librarians who program. Using examples from Library Land, this book, compares, contrasts, and introduces a wide range of programming languages. Given this book, a networked computer, and a few hours of time, the reader ought to be able to write their very first program in any number of popular languages and consequently learn how programming is essential to the profession.

About The Author

Beth Thomsett-Scott is Interim Head of the Discovery Park Library at the University of North Texas.