Python for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming Paperback – 22 Dec 2012
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About the Author
Jason R. Briggs has been a programmer since the age of eight, when he first learned BASIC on a Radio Shack TRS-80. Since then he has written software professionally as a developer and systems architect and served as Contributing Editor for Java Developer's Journal. His articles have appeared in JavaWorld, ONJava and ONLamp. Python for Kids is his first book.
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After you have learned all the basics it's time to do some serious stuff. Jason guides you through the game development process by showing how to create simple games. What's really cool here is the fact you really do something. You will create simple games that do something. And this is the place where simple, boring "Hello world" strings are taken over by moving objects and graphics. If you have read carefully first part of the book you should be able to follow second part and be able to develop discussed games. Just one remark here.Read more ›
You program "Game over"... rather than "hello world", to start off. The book begins by programming jokes.. to get the hang of the print statement and it's quirks.
Because the concepts are "applied", it allows massive leaps in learning.
Then you have shopping lists for wizards... and how to append into a wizards list. It's daft, but overnight, I've "leapfrogged" what I've done in a years programming course at college. Which is full credit to the Author.
If statements are explained as yes and no questions.
If you answer yes, then it's considered true - and it will run. eg If age > 20 years, then print out "What are you doing here? Why don't you go mow the lawn".
You can see that it's fun, and a bit cheeky (for those of us, who are over 20 years old).
Therefore, if you've struggled with programming, then don't give up.
Use this book, and Python, which is great for those of us, who have to master programming in order to graduate.
ps...I'm off to mow the lawn. Cheeky monkey!
Although this programming book is targeted towards the youngest generation of nerds, it works well for us oldies too! The book introduces the reader to basic, core programming in Python.
A short book, but it helps you develop a decent foundation in Python.
Just a quick note about getting the Turtle module to work~ After lots of head scratching and errors despite following everything you need to use a CAPITAL P in turtle.Pen() -turtle.pen() will throw up the error. The author has addressed this on his forum
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Really useful book and very helpful for my son's programmingPublished 5 months ago by Alan A Palmer
I have been trying to get to grips with programming for many years....I am 76 years old and this is the first book that has kept my interest and started me programming ... Read morePublished 11 months ago by peter deacon
This makes learning some tricky concepts such as object oriented code, inehritence inPublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Simple text based games - not sure if that will be good enough to excite kids.Published 21 months ago by bnnorman
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