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Kids programming - getting kids interested in programming.

Thursday, 15 February 2007 02:56
When I was a kid, computers and programming languages were just about in sync. You didn't have to have a studio of programmers, modelers, and graphics guys...just copy the sprite to x,y. :) Easy to do and easy to understand.

These days to get anyones attention in software you need to have a lot of wow factors. Esp. when it comes to games.  Kids grow up playing them...and then they want to start out developing what they saw when they played games as a kid....not so fast.

So it is pretty evident to me.... that I'm going to have to find an easy to use programming language to somehow excite them into interest.

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What about something like pygame?
Python is a great language for learning. It is very concise and object oriented.

The real question comes then, is there a good tutorial/book with the young reader in mind?

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