Squeak: Learn Programming with Robots

Squeak: Learn Programming with Robots

by Stephane Ducasse, Stphane Ducasse
     
 

Are you completely new to programming? Do you want to have fun learning to program?

Squeak: Learn Programming with Robots will teach you core programming concepts based on simple, visual problems that involve manipulation of robots, or "turtles." You will learn basic programming concepts like loops, abstractions, composition, and

Overview

Are you completely new to programming? Do you want to have fun learning to program?

Squeak: Learn Programming with Robots will teach you core programming concepts based on simple, visual problems that involve manipulation of robots, or "turtles." You will learn basic programming concepts like loops, abstractions, composition, and conditionals.

Each chapter is structured so that it can be turned into a one- or two-hour lab session. And while the structured content explains solid principles of object-oriented programming, you’ll just have fun going through the sequence of easy examples with the turtle.

And be sure to check out BotsInc, the companion learning environment for this book.

Editorial Reviews

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Programming is still too hard to learn, and not enough fun. This book does something about that. You’ll learn by controlling an environment of virtual robots, so the abstractions of programming are grounded in something you can see. You learn using Squeak, a free variant of Smalltalk, one of the world’s best teaching languages (and one that lets you avoid unnecessary complexity as you master skills that’ll help you in virtually any contemporary language).

Along the way, you’ll master loops, variables, parameters, arguments, conditionals, Boolean values and expressions, debugging, and more. You’ll learn how to create code that can be reused by different programs. And you’ll prepare to learn object-oriented development, the approach that’s central to virtually all contemporary computer languages. Pretty good for just fooling around with robots, wouldn’t you say? Bill Camarda, from the August 2005 Read Only

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590594919
Publisher:
Apress
Publication date:
06/27/2005
Series:
Technology in Action Series
Edition description:
1st Corrected ed. 2005. Corr. 2nd printing 2005
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.96(d)

Meet the Author

Stephane Ducasse obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis and his habilitation at the University of Paris VI. He was recipient of the SNF 2002 Professeur Boursier Award. He is now a professor at the Universit de Savoie. Ducasse has written several books in French and English.

Ducasse's fields of interests include reflective systems design, object-oriented language design, software component composition, application implementation and design, and object-oriented application reengineering. He is the main developer of the Moose reengineering environment. Ducasse also loves programming in Smalltalk and serves as president of the European Smalltalk User Group. He is committed to the Squeak community.

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