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 dull and gray—and that’s no fun for anyone.
Python for Kids brings Python to life and brings kids (and their parents) into the wonderful world of programming. Author Jason R. Briggs guides readers through the basics, experimenting 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 fun and engaging throughout.
Chapters end with programming puzzles designed to stretch the brain and strengthen understanding. By the end of the book, young readers will 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.
This second edition has been completely updated and revised to reflect the latest Python version and programming practices, with new puzzles to inspire readers to take their code farther than ever before. Why should serious adults have all the fun? Python for Kids is the ticket into the amazing world of computer programming.
Jason R. 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.