In this finely written and clearly illustrated tome, the author takes the r Let me preface this review by stating that I am not a coder, at all. This full-color comic book makes programming concepts like flow control, subroutines, and data types effortless to absorb. This is a very well written book, specially for the young who want to get started with programming. In this finely written and clearly illustrated tome, the author takes the reader through and introduction Scratch an interactive online programming interface found at , becoming familiar with the interface, learning about the structure of building Scratch code and then with little fanfare, gets the reader going with actual coding. The programs you learn to code produce complicated results and are really spiffy, but the programming itself is easy and the code is not extensive, because Scratch 2. The further you get into the book, the more concepts the author brings to the table, and shows you in practical means how to implement these concepts in the next few games. He has written several Python books for beginners, including , , and.
Get ready to destroy asteroids, shoot hoops, and slice and dice fruit! Obviously the language is aimed at children, but to be clear the tone is not patronizing at all; a grown up with no programming experience would enjoy and benefit from this! Snaaaaaake: gobble apples and avoid your own tail Asteroid Breaker: smash space rocks Fruit Slicer: a Fruit Ninja clone Brick Breaker: a remake of Breakout, the brick-breaking classic Platformer: a game inspired by Super Mario Bros. Each game includes easy-to-follow instructions, review questions, and creative coding challenges to make the game your own. But each lesson ended up over two hours without break. I taught three elementary kids with it for three weeks during summer vacation. Each chapter also shows enhancements to the basic simple game you create, and includes challenges and questions for you to test out your skills gained in the chapter — the simple joy I got from successfully creating a game tweak offered as a challenge was rewarding and encouraging, something a budding programmer of any age will embrace. Kids loved it so much that they refused to end the lesson, a rare case, indeed.
With patient step-by-step explanations of the code and fun programming challenges to spark their own creative additions, kids will be creating their own games in no time. By dragging together colorful blocks of code, kids quickly learn computer programming concepts and make cool games and animations. Never mind all the other programming books for kids, this is the best so far. Scratch, the colorful drag-and-drop programming language, is used by millions of first-time learners, and in Scratch Programming Playground , you'll learn to program by making cool games. Each game includes easy-to-follow instructions, review questions, and creative coding challenges to make the game your own.
San Francisco: No Starch Press. Each chapter ends with creative coding challenges so you can take your skills to the next level. This simply whetted my appetite and was simple enough to encourage me to play more with the code to make other things happen. The dust jacket for hard covers may not be included. Well, I'm glad my little girl didn't snatch and push.
Each game includes easy-to-follow instructions, review questions, and creative coding challenges to make the game your Scratch, the colorful drag-and-drop programming language, is used by millions of first-time learners, and in Scratch Programming Playground, you'll learn to program by making cool games. Why must I chase the cat? San Francisco: No Starch Press, 2016. I would not be surprised if future Internet of Things programming, robotic programming, and other coding you might want to get involved in either uses Scratch or follows this model. A bit of the book giving instruction on a code block to control a tennis ball sprite. However, I recommend actually hand building most of this code on your own, so you actually learn what you are doing.
The book is also associated with, as per usual for a No Starch book, a web site with the code and other items used in the book. Learning how to program shouldn't be dry and dreary. Get ready to destroy asteroids, shoot hoops, and slice and dice fruit! Learn how to customize Minecraft to make mini-games, duplicate entire buildings, and turn boring blocks into gold. . Each example, such as the maze, is fully developed, and then, new versions like having the second player ability, etc. I've worked through this book as a professional software engineer, and with my 9 year old daughter, and found the pace of learning to be pitch perfect. With Scratch Programming Playground, you'll make a game of it! See the graphic to the right.
You'll make games like: Maze Runner: escape the maze! Are there objects in the maze the cat must avoid? So, imagine the following game. Take advantage of this developer-friendly guide and start building applications that may just take the App Store by storm! A complex maze is on the screen. As they build and expand on their games, kids learn more than just an interface and buttons-they learn to think creatively and reason logically. It helps that the Scratch Programming environment is so easy to use and allows such creative development, and it also helps that Scratch is likely to be a programming environment for basic robotics in the future. Will you have two cats, with two people controlling them, each moving in opposite directions through the maze? Sure, you could spend all day mining for precious resources or building your mansion by hand, but with the power of Python, those days are over! But the book itself is excellent, and works at several levels. I intended to teach them about 1 hour 30 minutes including typing lesson. As you know, I developed a simple model for projecting future primary outcomes in the Democratic party.
This book is simply brilliant. This is the overview table of contents for the book: And this is the Maze Runner project contents expanded, to give you an idea of how the learning and making process is parsed out: Note the multiple versions of the project that are developed after the main project is up and running. It is possible to figure out how to make a hand held game controller work with Scratch programs, but that will depend on the controller you have and the platform. By book's end, you ll have a handle on computer science basics, a taste of how fun and powerful coding can be, and plenty of turtle robots at your command. Al Sweigart and Martin Tan have done a superb job in creating this title, and I thoroughly recommend this, even if you are an adult. Learning how to program shouldn't be dry and dreary.
No problem, just write some code. Sit back, relax, and make your turtle army do the work! Designed your own color-changing disco dance floor? Begin with some short, simple Python lessons and then use your new skills to modify Minecraft to produce instant and totally awesome results. Step by step guide and examples made this book very easy to understand. But the same language is already adapted to control a common form of robot mBot and has been adapted to program a widely used controller. Then came Al Sweigart and his newest offering Scratch Programming Playground: Learn to Program by Making Cool Games.