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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48 Days to the Work You Love

2015 Revised Edition! Autographed by Dan Miller – Prepare to have your world rocked when I uncover and lay out what is wrong with “work” in today’s world. What has changed and why people are sacrificing their spiritual and physical health to daily jobs that have no meaning in their lives. And…the path to a true, meaningful, fulfilling and life-rewarding “Vocation.” This book is being touted as one of those rare insights in “such a time as this,” that could very well revolutionize work and career-life as we know it.” In this 48 Days To The Work You Love book, you will learn how to:

  • Discover your God-given and perhaps buried talents
  • Take those talents and create a clear focus
  • Embrace the “gift” of meaningful work
  • Experience the absolute release that comes from finding your passion
  • Understand the differences between “vocation,” “career,” and “job”
  • Learn from the shared life stories of those already living the 48 Days principles
  • Go through defeat and “failure” and come back twice as strong
  • Find job possibilities that never appear in the newspaper or online
  • Make $1,000 a minute by negotiating your offer
  • Turn your own ideas into extraordinary income
  • Decide whether you want a “traditional job” or one of the new work models
  • Recognize the only kind of “education” that has value
  • Build up your assets , even while unemployed
  • Find your IDEAL WORK – and LOVE it!

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The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life

Why is it that some people make dream after dream come true, while others just continue dreaming and spend their lives building dreams for someone else? One simple reason, those that are “successful” have found their SLIGHT EDGE! This book is not just another self-help, motivation tool of methods you must to learn in order to make it up the path of success. The Slight Edge simply shows you how to create powerful results from the simple daily activities of your life, by using tools that are already within you. And all you need to make that happen? Discover that “one” thing that will help you achieve that goal, realize a life-long dream or propel you up the ladder to success. Once you got it, then you will discover how your philosophy… creates your attitude… creates your actions… creates your results… creates YOUR LIFE! Plus, Jeff shares with you “the key” that will make all of the other self-help information you read, watch and hear actually work in your life!

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The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness

If you will live like no one else, later you can live like no one else.

Build up your money muscles with America’s favorite finance coach.

Okay, folks, do you want to turn those fat and flabby expenses into a well-toned budget? Do you want to transform your sad and skinny little bank account into a bulked-up cash machine? Then get with the program, people. There’s one sure way to whip your finances into shape, and that’s with The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition.

By now, you’ve heard all the nutty get-rich-quick schemes, the fiscal diet fads that leave you with a lot of kooky ideas but not a penny in your pocket. Hey, if you’re tired of the lies and sick of the false promises, take a look at this—it’s the simplest, most straightforward game plan for completely making over your money habits. And it’s based on results, not pie-in-the-sky fantasies. With The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition, you’ll be able to:

  • Design a sure-fire plan for paying off all debt—meaning cars, houses, everything
  • Recognize the 10 most dangerous money myths (these will kill you)
  • Secure a big, fat nest egg for emergencies and retirement!

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The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential

#1 New York Times bestselling author John C. Maxwell explains how true leadership works and makes it accessible to everyone. Leadership does not come from your title. In fact, being named to a position is only the first and lowest of the five levels every effective leader achieves. To become more than a boss people are required to follow, you must master the ability to inspire and build a team that produces not only results, but also future leaders.

The 5 Levels of Leadership are:

  1. Position-People follow because they have to.
  2. Permission-People follow because they want to.
  3. Production-People follow because of what you have done for the organization.
  4. People Development-People follow because of what you have done for them personally.
  5. Pinnacle-People follow because of who you are and what you represent.

By combining the advice contained in these pages with work and a willingness to learn, anyone can rise to a higher and more effective level of leadership and thus make a greater impact.

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Keep Your Love On: Connection Communication And Boundaries

Keeping your love on. It’s a hard thing to do. Sometimes it’s the hardest thing to do. But if you want to build healthy relationships with God and others, learning to keep your love on is non–negotiable. Adults and children alike thrive in healthy relationships where it is safe to love and be loved, to know and be known. Yet for many, relationships are anything but safe, loving, or intimate. They are defined by anxiety, manipulation, control, and conflict. The reason is that most people have never been trained to be powerful enough to keep their love on in the face of mistakes, pain, and fear.

Keep Your Love On reveals the higher, Jesus–focused standard defined by mature love—love that stays ‘on’ no matter what. Danny Silk’s practical examples and poignant stories will leave you with the power to draw healthy boundaries, communicate in love, and ultimately protect your connections so you can love against all odds. As a result, your relationships will be radically transformed for eternity. When you learn to keep your love on, you become like Jesus.

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Parents to the End: How Baby Boomers Can Parent for Peace of Mind, Foster Responsibility in Their Adult Children, and Keep Their Hard-Earned Money

Armed with the twin swords of guilt and anxiety, many baby boomers are marching toward retirement to a tune unlike any their own parents heard a generation ago. Just when they expected peace of mind and an empty nest, far too many boomers are discovering a different reality:

  • Adult children living at home without contributing to the household
  • Repeated requests for money that’s often not repaid
  • Relationship strains that have left them bewildered

To help parents save themselves from distress and spur their adult children to get on-track, Herman offers practical strategies and poignant insights. Throughout “Parents to the End,” she recognizes the delicate balance parents must strike between giving appropriate help to their adult children and just enabling them, while also taking into account individual differences and needs.

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Social Media for School Leaders: A Comprehensive Guide to Getting the Most Out of Facebook, Twitter, and Other Essential Web Tools (2012)

How to create an effective social media strategy for a school or district

Brian-DixonSchool leaders may be familiar with social media in their own lives, but many still need help in effectively using social media in their professional practice.? In this book, Brian Dixon, an expert in social media in education, offers detailed descriptions of the best online tools available today and provides step-by-step instructions for using them to move a school community from awareness to advocacy and from feedback to collaboration.

  • Offers school leaders everything they need to implement social media throughout their campus and their communities
  • Contains expert advice for creating a sustainable social engagement strategy
  • Features screenshots and examples from schools and individuals who are using social media to the best effect

This important resource can help savvy school leaders shift their leadership strategy from communicating to connecting.

Listen to my Interview with Brian Dixon

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Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World

Michael Hyatt, one of the top business bloggers in the world, provides down-to-earth guidance for building and expanding a powerful platform.

To be successful in the market today, you must possess two strategic assets: a compellingproduct and a meaningful platform. In this step-by-step guide, Michael Hyatt, former CEO and current Chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers, takes readers behind the scenes, into the new world of social media success. He shows you what best-selling authors, public speakers, entrepreneurs, musicians, and other creatives are doing differently to win customers in today’s crowded marketplace. Hyatt speaks from experience. He writes one of the top 800 blogs in the world and has more than 100,000 followers on Twitter. His large and growing platform serves as the foundation for his successful writing, speaking, and consulting practice.

In Platform, Hyatt will teach readers not only how to extend their influence, but also how to monetize it and build a sustainable career. The key? By building a platform. It has never been easier, less expensive, or more possible than right now. . .  The book includes:

  • proven strategies
  • easy-to-replicate formulas
  • practical tips

Social media technologies have changed everything. Now, for the first time in history, non-celebrities can get noticed—and win big!—in an increasingly noisy world.

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Now That They Are Grown: Successfully Parenting Your Adult Children

We don’t stop being parents when our kids are grown…but some things do change.

Life is filled with change. As our sons and daughters move into young adulthood, our role of what it means to be loving parents changes dramatically.

This book aims to help readers miss as many potholes as possible in making the transition from parenting children to being parents of young adults. Here are ways to  nurture our adult children while encouraging their independence and maturity. Learn to have  balance. Here is how to respond to them in times of struggle. Readers will see how to be supportive, yet not intrusive, caring without enabling dependency.

The questions are important. The answers are not obvious. It is a new day in our relationships with our children. The page has been turned, and we are now writing the new chapter in the life of our family. It is important that we get it right.

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