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Python for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming

Jason Briggs


PUBLISHED: 12th December 2012
ISBN: 9781593274078
ANNOTATION:
"Python for Kids" is a lighthearted introduction to the Python language and programming in general, complete with illustrations and kid-friendly examples.
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PUBLISHED: 12th December 2012
ISBN: 9781593274078
ANNOTATION:
"Python for Kids" is a lighthearted introduction to the Python language and programming in general, complete with illustrations and kid-friendly examples.

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"Python for Kids" is a lighthearted introduction to the Python language and programming in general, complete with illustrations and kid-friendly examples.

Publisher Description

"Python for Kids" is a lighthearted introduction to the Python programming language, full of fun examples and color illustrations. Jason Briggs begins with the basics of how to install Python and write simple commands. In bite-sized chapters, he explains essential programming concepts. And by the end of the book, kids have built simple games and created cool drawings with Python's graphics library, Turtle. Each chapter closes with offbeat exercises that challenge the reader to put their newly acquired knowledge to the test.

"Featuring original artwork by Miran Lipovaca "

Author Biography

Jason 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.

Table of Contents

About the AuthorAbout the IllustratorAbout the technical ReviewersAcknowledgmentsIntroductionLearning to ProgramChapter 1: Not All Snakes SlitherChapter 2: Calculations and VariablesChapter 3: Strings, Lists, Tuples, and MapsChapter 4: Drawing with TurtlesChapter 5: Asking Questions with if and elseChapter 6: Going LoopyChapter 7: Recycling Your Code with Functions and ModulesChapter 8: How to Use Classes and ObjectsChapter 9: Python's Built-in FunctionsChapter 10: Useful Python ModulesChapter 11: More Turtle GraphicsChapter 12: Using tkinter for Better GraphicsBounce!Chapter 13: Beginning Your First Game: Bounce!Chapter 14: Finishing Your First Game: Bounce!Mr. Stick Man Races for the ExitChapter 15: Creating Graphics for the Mr. Stick Man GameChapter 16: Developing the Mr. Stick Man GameChapter 17: Creating Mr. Stick ManChapter 18: Completing the Mr. Stick Man GameWhere to Go from HerePython KeywordsGlossaryUpdates

Review

"By the end of the book you have a fully-functional platform game running, and most likely a head full of ideas about your next game...Python for Kids is just as good an introduction for adults learning to code." -Geek.com "An excellent introduction to programming for anyone interested in learning to program, regardless of their age. The material is extremely well organized and presented, and makes for a great resource for either home or school."--GeekDad

Long Description

For Kids Aged 10+ (And Their Parents) The code in this book runs on almost anything: Windows, Mac, Linux, even an OLPC laptop or Raspberry Pi! Python is a powerful, expressive programming language that's easy to learn and fun to use! But books about learning to program in Python can be kind of dull, gray, and boring, and that's no fun for anyone. Python for Kids brings Python to life and brings you (and your parents) into the world of programming. The ever-patient Jason R. Briggs will guide you through the basics as you experiment with unique (and often hilarious) example programs that feature ravenous monsters, secret agents, thieving ravens, and more. New terms are defined; code is colored, dissected, and explained; and quirky, full-color illustrations keep things on the lighter side. Chapters end with programming puzzles designed to stretch your brain and strengthen your understanding. By the end of the book you'll have programmed two complete games: a clone of the famous Pong and "Mr. Stick Man Races for the Exit"-a platform game with jumps, animation, and much more. As you strike out on your programming adventure, you'll learn how to: Use fundamental data structures like lists, tuples, and maps Organize and reuse your code with functions and modules Use control structures like loops and conditional statements Draw shapes and patterns with Python's turtle module * Create games, animations, and other graphical wonders with tkinter Why should serious adults have all the fun? Python for Kids is your ticket into the amazing world of computer programming.

Review Quote

"By the end of the book you have a fully-functional platform game running, and most likely a head full of ideas about your next game... Python for Kids is just as good an introduction for adults learning to code." -Geek.com "An excellent introduction to programming for anyone interested in learning to program, regardless of their age. The material is extremely well organized and presented, and makes for a great resource for either home or school."--GeekDad

Product Details

Author
Jason Briggs
Year
2012
ISBN-10
1593274076
ISBN-13
9781593274078
Media
Book
Publisher
No Starch Press,US
Country of Publication
United States
Short Title
PYTHON FOR KIDS
Language
English
Subtitle
A Playful Introduction to Programming
Pages
344
Publication Date
2012-12-12
Audience Age
10-13
Illustrations
black & white illustrations
Series
No Starch Press
Audience
Children/Juvenile