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1. An Introduction to Alice and Object-Oriented Programming 2. Developing Methods in Alice 3. Events in Three-Dimensional Space 4. The Logical Structure of Algorithms 5. Boolean Logic in Programming 6. Text and Sound in Alice Worlds 7. Recursive Algorithms 8. Lists and Arrays in Alice Appendices: A. Acquiring and Installing the Alice Software B. Computer Programming Languages C. The Alice Menus

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Charles W. Herbert has been teaching Computer Science and Computer Information Systems at Community College of Philadelphia since 1984, where he has served as the Chair of the CIS Department, Director of Computer Science, and Director of Technical Education. He has worked extensively as a professional programmer. Using his background in curriculum development, he is currently a Principal Investigator for an NSF funded team exploring the use of virtual reality programming in community college computing courses. He is the co-author of Alice 2.0: Introductory Concepts and Techniques.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x98aea168) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
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HASH(0x98958c18) out of 5 stars Not an introductory to alice! 19 Feb. 2009
By Sierrassoul - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is the book we are using for an introductory course of programming and logic. I love Alice and learning about the program, but this book is way too complicated for the beginner.
HASH(0x98958c6c) out of 5 stars very intuitive OO style 8 Feb. 2007
By W Boudville - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
For non-programmers who want to learn an object oriented language, Alice is a nice choice. At least as a pedagogic vehicle. As far as I know, there are no actual [or few] actual jobs for Alice programmers. But at the primary or secondary school level, Alice gets the main concepts common to many commercial OO languages across to students.

Herbert introduces these concepts at a deliberately slow pace. Suitable for most of the targeted audience. The screen captures of the user interface are quite pretty, and help to hold the reader's attention. As compared with learning C++, say, where there is no intrinsic GUI. Plus, the mapping of conceptual objects to graphical objects in Alice is its main attraction. Very intuitive.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By OldSchoolGames=Fun - Published on Amazon.com
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The book itself is fairly helpful but it can't help you deal with inevitable problems one will run into when running Alice on different computers. If you're serious about programming, Alice helps introduce basic concepts but it's worth skipping straight over to go ahead and learn any real, practical software as with video or sound editing software. NOTE: There's no "concept learning software" for video or audio that's inapplicable in everyday life (at least that I know of).
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HASH(0x9895d0a8) out of 5 stars Like New Alice for Programming book 31 Jan. 2011
By Sunny1956 - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the same book that we are required to use for our college class. So far from what I have seen, I think this is going to be fun. Alice is an intro to programming to give beginners a more basic idea of how programming works, and keeping it fun. There is a CD with that has student files and Alice to download. To me it is a great book.
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HASH(0x9895d474) out of 5 stars Not Mac Friendly 8 Sept. 2009
By Omar Khatib - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I can not yet comment on the content of the book but I was under the impression that it was platform independent. No-wear in the book itself does it mention any requirements to run Alice and do the tutorials. You have to go to the Alice [...] website to find this out. Though the concepts do apply cross platform it would have been simple to add this little detail to the introduction.
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