December 27, 2012 AT 6:10 pm

NEW BOOK – Python for Kids – A Playful Introduction to Programming

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NEW BOOK – Python for Kids – A Playful Introduction to Programming. 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. Featuring original artwork by Miran Lipovača. Full color, over 344 pages.

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.

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About 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.

Python for Kids
A Playful Introduction to Programming

Table of Contents
About the Author and Technical Reviewers
Acknowledgments
Introduction

Part I: Learning to Program

Chapter 1: Not All Snakes Slither
Chapter 2: Calculations and Variables
Chapter 3: Strings, Lists, Tuples, and Maps
Chapter 4: Drawing with Turtles
Chapter 5: Asking Questions with if and else
Chapter 6: Going Loopy
Chapter 7: Recycling Your Code with Functions and Modules
Chapter 8: How to Use Classes and Objects
Chapter 9: Python’s Built-In Functions
Chapter 10: Useful Python Modules
Chapter 11: More Turtle Graphics
Chapter 12: Using tkinter for Better Graphics

Part II: Bounce!

Chapter 13: Beginning Your First Game: Bounce!
Chapter 14: Finishing Your First Game: Bounce!

Part III: Mr. Stick Man Races for the Exit

Chapter 15: Creating Graphics for the Mr. Stick Man Game
Chapter 16: Developing the Mr. Stick Man Game
Chapter 17: Creating Mr. Stick Man
Chapter 18: Completing the Mr. Stick Man Game

Afterword: Where to Go from Here
Appendix: Python Keywords
Glossary
Index

View the Index (PDF)
View the detailed Table of Contents (PDF)

Download Chapter 4 “Drawing with Turtles” (PDF)
Download the sample code from the book (ZIP)
Download the solutions to programming puzzles (PDF)

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1 Comment

  1. What a crazy time we live in. Kids seem to naturally take to programming much more easily than the older generation. Should enough programming will be taught within mathematics as it should be. I wonder what modules this book uses to create games.

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