Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Super Scratch Programming Adventure!: Learn to Program By Making Cool Games

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Book Review - Super Scratch Programming Adventure!: Learn to Program By Making Cool Games

About the Book
Scratch is a wildly popular educational programming language used by millions of first-time programmers worldwide. Developed by MIT's Media Lab, Scratch lets kids create interactive games, stories, music, and art and see the results of their work immediately. Just by combining colorful blocks of code, kids quickly learn computer programming concepts without having to master the cryptic syntaxes found in other programming languages.

Super Scratch Programming Adventure! (No Starch Press, August 2012, 160 pp., $24.95, ISBN 9781593274092) is a kid-friendly guide that promises to be the introduction to Scratch that young geeks (and the people who love them) have been waiting for. This full-color, cartoon-illustrated book teaches programming fundamentals with patient, step-by-step explanations and exciting programming challenges. Each chapter covers an arcade-inspired videogame that kids can create (and play!) in an afternoon.

Endorsed by Mitchel Resnick, MIT professor and the creator of Scratch, Super Scratch Programming Adventure! promises to make programming accessible and fun for any beginning programmer.

My Take on the Book
What was so great about this book was that it makes the idea of graphical programming so simple and no matter how inept you may be on the computer, you are taken step-by-step towards being able to consider yourself to be an programmer with this downloadable programming language. The book uses great graphics to aid in this learning and a mix of graphic novel and short easy to understand sections on what you need to do to actually develop a few pretty cool games. I followed the instructions (someone who has done very little programming) and it was very easy to do and very easy to understand thanks to this book!

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