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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional (1 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071839666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071839662
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 1.5 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Matthew Monk (Preston, UK) is an experienced Minecraft player and author of the self-published eBook ComputerCraft: Lua Programming in Minecraft..

Dr. Simon Monk (Preston, UK) has a degree in Cybernetics and Computer Science and a PhD in Software Engineering. He is the bestselling author of Programming Arduino, Programming the Raspberry Pi, and other books.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By @teknoteacher on 2 Sept. 2014
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This book is easy to pick up for anyone with minecraft knowledge or not. It guides readers fluidly through the different chapters at a rate that is not too slow for the more advanced people but not too fast for beginners. The different projects are each wrote so well that you can jump to any section you want without having too read every chapter. The vocabulary used is understandable for any reader and even the most experienced players could learn a thing or two from this book. There is a good mix of pictures in the book so visual learners can see how to create the different projects.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Packed with ADVANCED Mods-- Outstanding Book 23 July 2014
By Let's Compare Options Preptorial - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
First, I wish the publisher would add a look inside, but to help, the contents include:

1. Intro. This book is NOT for beginners, and if you haven't even survived your first night, you've got to get into a larger learning curve before tackling these projects. There are brief snippets about the game, but remember, this book is about Redstone (electronics) and mods, including professional level programming. So if you're thinking of getting this for your advanced Lego child, rethink that.

2. This does start with the basics of Redstone. If you're new to Minecraft, it is a sim world that allows you to use cubes (ala Maya but with skinning and beziers above the Python and Java level to start-- programmers, read polygons) to build objects you'll need to succeed in the game. Redstone takes this a level further-- it is a sim material that allows you not only to build "lego" like structures and tools, but actually electronic components, circuits, weapons, traps, and entire computers! Redstone, and mods, are the reason Minecraft is far from just a game. Java, Python and Lua programmers have demonstrated entire computers from 0/1 on up, then linked their worlds to the real world with Raspberry Pi!

3. The rest of the 11 chapters and numerous websites and code, progressively advance projects of increasing complexity in construction and programming. These move between Redstone and mods. 3 is logic gates, 4 advanced Redstone locks and blocks, 5 a TNT cannon and more advanced electronics, 6 how to use Raspberry Pi as a "server" including MCEdit functions and "hosting" with Python (this is advanced material, but not as advanced as setting up a secure Microsoft server, for example); 7 Mod: qCraft (the quantum physics mod that allows very cool teleportation and other effects); 8 ComputerCraft mods with Lua (programming language) turtle projects and other deeper and detailed computing projects and examples; 9 using Forge and Eclipse tools for modding; 10 Thorium mod (blocks, skinning, textures, carts); 11, final, "item" mods like armor, and also details like GUI right clicks.

This is a one of a kind reference for the right reader, and is absolutely outstanding. McGraw Hill has been meticulous in checking the code, and the online code I've run is flawless if you've installed the mods correctly. You can even download an example starter world that's been tested with these mods, but here is a warning: mods are HARD!

Since mods are outside the manufacturer, and part of the ad hoc developer community, you can't just use them as a template or plug in as you would with factory components, or even other software or programs like Maya and Photoshop. To get a little technical, since the manufacturer does not yet support or offer API's, developers (I'm one) have to screen scrub and use other code capture techniques that are "ugly" to develop mods. This means installing one that works is a chore in itself, and you have to know what you're doing.

There are good instructions here on using numerous beginner mods, but to be very clear, I don't think you should start with this book if you have NEVER worked with mods! Once you've got the routine going, there ARE great details, but they assume you're at minimum a player and more likely have SOME experience with mods, if not redstone. The Redstone pieces are a little more forgiving, and the author takes those more from the beginning, plus there are a LOT of online cheats and code you can use as a library, pattern and template instead of coding from scratch.

If you search Amazon under the keywords: "Minecraft Mods" you will see a LOT of beginning titles, including one free on Kindle Unlimited and many for under $10 US that will lay the foundation you need to at least get installed and working. After that, this book has enough detail for an intermediate builder to get a lot. BUT the book does go a LOT farther with actual projects and programming, so the caveat for less experienced is a recommendation if you're at all into more advanced projects. And, if you're comfortable with Java, Python, Lua, etc. or a Pi user, you'll not be able to put this down.

Highly recommended for the right audience, but be careful if you're buying as a gift for a younger or newer player. The real "intro" material does include Redstone, and although there are a LOT (eg github) of good Redstone materials online, this gives far more complete instructions if you tend to get stuck, since no really good error checking IDE's and SDK's exist yet for Redstone-- you do have to learn as you go, forums notwithstanding. The book's code IS on github as well as the book's website.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A great introduction to programming 28 Nov. 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is my first time reviewing a book, but I think it's worth taking the time to say a few words. Minecraft has been a revolutionary movement for millions of people. While many people focus on building houses or large castles and some people go on grand adventures with friends, others dive deep into the inner workings of redstone mechanics and the underlying program behind the game. A few years ago, I was one of those people that created massive redstone computers and shared their creations online, so it’s no wonder that this book struck a chord with me.

Minecraft Mastery is not for beginners or anyone looking for something quick to do over an afternoon. You don’t need to start with an understanding of basic redstone or programming concepts because you will be challenged to take up these tasks as the book progresses. However, I would definitely suggest having background knowledge of Minecraft before jumping into the first few chapters of this book.

You will learn about the basic concepts of redstone that will allow you to interact with objects in your Minecraft world. What's really cool about redstone, and how this book relates this information, is that by learning basic redstone mechanics you can learn a lot about how computers work at a lower level with logic and other concepts shown here. You see basic scripting examples using a Raspberry Pi and some Python to run a server. The book expands upon these ideas to introduce amatuer programming via in-game mods like ComputerCraft which allow you to use another programming language, LUA, to control your world.

Learning about these basic concepts with redstone, Python, and LUA allows you to bridge the gap from the basics to more advanced skills that are presented at later chapters. In the last few chapters, you put some code to paper so to speak and start writing your own mod for Minecraft in Java using Minecraft Forge, a low level system that loads mods and has hooks for mods to interact with Minecraft and each other. This can actually be a hugely complicated process, but the basics are made easier to understand here.

Many people like myself went through a similar process of learning with Minecraft that this book provides you; starting from redstone basics and leading to computer programing. It's a really fun way to engage people in something that they are already passionate about or may be intrigued by to learn something hugely interesting. The major plus is that the book itself is well written and fluid, so it's easy to pick up and read. It might not be an exhaustive manual that will teach you everything you need to know about programming, but it's a really good start for anyone who was ever interested in this kind of work. It’s worth the time it takes you to read and play around while you learn something great.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Fluid read 2 Sept. 2014
By @teknoteacher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is easy to pick up for anyone with minecraft knowledge or not. It guides readers fluidly through the different chapters at a rate that is not too slow for the more advanced people but not too fast for beginners. The different projects are each wrote so well that you can jump to any section you want without having too read every chapter. The vocabulary used is understandable for any reader and even the most experienced players could learn a thing or two from this book. There is a good mix of pictures in the book so visual learners can see how to create the different projects.
It's a Good Book. 23 Jun. 2015
By David C. Hawcroft - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Can't review it properly because I haven't read it. But Amazon's sent me this email so I'll post this to get it over with.

I bought the thing because my son borrowed a copy and I looked at it. Not the first 'teach you minecraft' book I've ever looked at. It didn't take long for it to make a good impression on me. It is the best minecraft book I've seen.

Of course, it talks about 'mastery'. It is not a basic book. It is about mods and redstone. i.e. it is about the advanced stuff, the interesting stuff from the point of view of programmers, I guess you could say, or those with a similar bent.

The black and white pictures of minecraft constructions are as awful as any other book, though. Minecraft block constructions just don't lend themselves to informative black and white pics. They may be good for practiced Minecrafters but for novices such as me, reading up first before jumping in, they're pretty useless.

They would all be far better off resorting to diagrams, drawn representations.

But the main stuff is the text and this text is well written, clear, understandable. And that's the big thing.

I've bought it because it looks like the best I've seen. I can say that much. But remember: I haven't read it through, put it to work yet.

caveat emptor.

:)
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Technical Manual!!! 10 April 2015
By GamerGirl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
If you want something extremely technical for the PC, this is for you. If you play a system version (PS3, XBox, etc) it is NOT for you. Also, this is something for really advanced players, high teens and above. I was super disappointed, not for kids :(
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