Python for Kids: A Playful Introduction To Programming [NOOK Book]

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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. Jason Briggs, author of the popular online tutorial “Snake Wrangling for Kids,” begins with the basics of how to install Python and write simple commands. In bite-sized chapters, he instructs readers on the essentials of Python, including how to use Python's extensive standard library, the difference between strings and lists, and using for-loops and while-loops....
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Python for Kids: A Playful Introduction To Programming

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Overview

Python for Kids is a lighthearted introduction to the Python language and programming in general, complete with illustrations and kid-friendly examples. Jason Briggs, author of the popular online tutorial “Snake Wrangling for Kids,” begins with the basics of how to install Python and write simple commands. In bite-sized chapters, he instructs readers on the essentials of Python, including how to use Python's extensive standard library, the difference between strings and lists, and using for-loops and while-loops. By the end of the book, readers have built a game and created drawings with Python’s graphics library, Turtle. Each chapter closes with fun and relevant exercises that challenge the reader to put their newly acquired knowledge to the test.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593274948
  • Publisher: No Starch Press San Francisco, CA
  • Publication date: 12/12/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 147,984
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

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.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2013

    This book is exactly what it says it is: a kid-friendly introduc

    This book is exactly what it says it is: a kid-friendly introduction to programming with Python. It explains concepts in simple terms and doesn't assume you understand anything about programming. It doesn't even assume you know anything about some useful mathematical concepts such as angles and the modulus operator. I think even kids could use this book to learn to program.

    The one place where I think the book may have problems is with motivation. Kids (or anyone for that matter) want to produce something fun and interesting quickly. Unfortunately to learn to program you need to learn the syntax for a lot of operations--performing calculations, repeating code, building classes, and so forth. It's important and the book does a great job of explaining it in simple terms but it's not exactly fun, despite the kid-friendly jokes sprinkled throughout the text. The book finishes by building two games that are pretty fun, but it's a long way from page 1 to those games.

    In contrast, the book Super Scratch Programming Adventure!: Learn to Program By Making Cool Games is shorter, has colorful pages, and explains how to use the Scratch programming language to write games. Scratch uses drag-and-drop programming and that book dives quickly into graphics and the other elements you need to write simple games.

    "Python for Kids" provides a better introduction to the real world of programming (it's taught at many colleges and universities) but "Super Scratch Programming Adventure!" is more engaging. You'll have to decide which book is right for you. Perhaps both?

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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