Hello World!: Computer Programming for Kids and Other Beginners

I had the opportunity to meet the father/son author team while at WWDC 2014 in San Francisco. Carter was only 12 years old when he and his father wrote this book, and I can assure you, it was a team effort. If you want a good book to learn programming, this is the one.

– Jon

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SUMMARY

A gentle but thorough introduction to the world of computer programming, it’s written in language a 12-year-old can follow, but anyone who wants to learn how to program a computer can use it. Even adults. Written by Warren Sande and his son, Carter, and reviewed by professional educators, this book is kid-tested and parent-approved.

ABOUT THIS BOOK

Learn to talk to your computer in its own language! Whether you want to create a game, start a business, or solve an important problem, the first step is learning to write your own programs. Programming is a fun challenge, and it’s easy to get started!

This updated and revised edition of Hello World! introduces the world of computer programming in a clear and engaging style. Written by Warren Sande and his son, Carter, it is full of examples that will get you thinking and learning. Reviewed by professional educators, this book is kid-tested and parent-approved. You don’t need to know anything about programming to use the book, just the basics of using a computer. If you can start a program and save a file, you’ll be off and running!

Purchase of the print book includes a free eBook in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats from Manning Publications.

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WHAT’S INSIDE

Explains concepts in clear language

  • Lots of pictures, cartoons, and fun examples
  • Complete set of practice questions and exercises
  • Illustrated in full color

Hello World! uses Python, a programming language designed to be easy to learn. Using fun examples, it brings to life concepts of computing— looping, decisions, input and output, data structures, graphics—and many more.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Warren Sande is an electronic systems engineer who uses Python both as a “do anything” scripting language and as a way to teach computers and programming. Carter Sande is a high school student who is passionate about technology. When he’s not fixing his school’s network and helping his classmates recover lost homework, he likes to ride his bike and write retro video games.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. Getting Started
  2. Remember This: Memory and Variables
  3. Basic Math
  4. Types of Data
  5. Input
  6. GUIs—Graphical User Interfaces
  7. Decisions, Decisions
  8. Loop the Loop
  9. Just for You—Comments
  10. Game Time
  11. Nested and Variable Loops
  12. Collecting Things Together—Lists and Dictionaries
  13. Functions
  14. Objects
  15. Modules
  16. Graphics
  17. Sprites and Collision Detection
  18. A New Kind of Input—Events
  19. Sound
  20. More GUIs
  21. Print Formatting and Strings
  22. File Input and Output
  23. Take a Chance—Randomness
  24. Computer Simulations
  25. Skier Explained
  26. Python Battle
  27. What’s Next?

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