Programming for Kids (The Course)
Programming for Kids
Ruby and Mac Edition
About the Course
This course will teach you how to write computer programs!
You will need to use a Mac computer to follow along. The programs are short, so you can type them all in yourself. This is true even if you can't type well.
This is a course for you to do with your child, or for your child to do by himself or herself.
It is based on a book which I wrote to teach my 9 year old son the basics of programming. He had been playing video games for years, and he wanted to learn programming since he wanted to make his own video games someday. This course is intended to be the first step. (No, it doesn't teach you how to create the kinds of video games a 9 year old can dream up; that takes a lot more knowledge!)
The reason this course exists is to be the best course in the world for a kid who is wanting to learn to program computers to do first. Computer programming is a good skill to have, regardless of what occupation your child eventually does as an adult. (I'd argue it's much more important than lots of the math than you learn in high school, for example.) But more importantly, learning how to program computers teaches a rigour and discipline of thinking which is useful in any field. This course exists to show kids that they can program computers, and to help them get started.
- Lesson 0: Introduction
- For Kids
- For Parents
- Lesson 1: Hello, Command Line!
- Lesson 2: Hello World!
- Lesson 3: Hello,
- Lesson 4: Functions
- Lesson 5: Programs
- Lesson 6: Functions, Part 2
- Lesson 7: Characters and Strings
- Lesson 8: Variables
- Lesson 9: Command Line Input
- Lesson 10: Arrays and Looping
- Lesson 11: Files
- Lesson 12: Booleans, If and While
- Lesson 13: The Spelt Project
- Section 1: Spelling a Word
- Section 2: Finishing Spelt
- Section 3: Enhancing Spelt
- About the Author
- About the Cover
- About Leanpub
- Answers to the Exercises
Peter Armstrong is the founder and CEO of Leanpub. He has over two decades of experience in software, including eight years as a developer at Silicon Valley startups. He founded Ruboss in 2008, and launched Leanpub in 2010.
Peter coined the term Lean Publishing. Lean Publishing is the act of publishing an in-progress book using lightweight tools and many iterations to get reader feedback, pivot until you have the right book and build traction once you do.
Peter is the creator of Markua, the Markdown dialect used on Leanpub. He is the author of a number of books, including Lean Publishing, The Markua Manual and Programming for Kids. He has a BSc in Computer Science and Psychology from the University of Victoria.
He lives in Victoria, BC with his wife and son.
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