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I recall this book very well when I first started Electronics Engineering at RMIT. As far as I am concerned it is the worst written book on programming I have ever read. The author tries to divorce the ALGOL programming language from the real world and attempts to treat it almost as a philosophy.
From the Preface:
"Like any other language, ALGOL 60 is primarily concerned with the communication of ideas. It is not even essentially concerned with computers"
This was my first exposure to programming and it was a thoroughly unenjoyable experience as there was no guidance whatsoever on how to actually get a program into the computer. No discussion of card decks (only form of input) and how you created and submitted them.
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