This is an introduction to systems programming using dBASE IV as a first programming language. The author uses dBASE IV (version 1. 1 or 1. 5) because it is the easiest language to learn initially, and applications can be up and running more easily and quickly.
This textbook is very easy to use. The results of commands are shown on monitor screens illustrated in the text. Page two begins the creation of a data base with immediate interaction with the computer. Students know exactly what they are doing because of the clear and concise explanations and because they have a view of their screens in the text. If the student's screen does not match, he or she can just backtrack. Little backtracking will be necessary because the language is so exact. The text is self-teaching.
Warren M. Littlefield is Associate Professor of Computer Information Science at Sullivan County Community College.
"I like the way the author begins at a low level with one example and continually develops the same example in increasing complexity. Littlefield presents the material so that it is easily understandable to beginners and also interesting to experienced users. " -- Larry Fudella, Erie Community College